1999 Ford Escort 1999 Escort ZX2 Sport Coupe

  • 1999 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • 120,000 MILES
I've driven this car about 1 week total in the 6 months I've owned it. There's several issues I think. In order of occurrence:

Oil all over engine compartment.
Oil in spark plug holes.
Replaced valve cover gasket.
Still oil everywhere. Its leaking around the thing that goes into the top of the valve cover and goes into the cam?
Idle is too low, need to adjust, makes the car shake while in gear at stoplights.
Now car won't stay charged.
Charged the battery, started car, drove to battery place, checked battery and alternator guy said both good.
Yeah drove car! Same night, raining, dark, dashlights dimming, dead. Tow home! Still there.
Could charge and drive, during the day and don't run anything. Will start again. But really don't want to charge my car everywhere I go and be worried about not starting or stalling because it totally drains the battery.
There seems to be a lot of oil.
I'm sorry, I know an answer is worth more than the $10 I have now. Please don't feel insulted, I really do appreciate this!
Thank you!
(My husband won't do anything unless I write him a book! No, I can't just replace husband!) Lol
Do you
have the same problem?
Monday, January 11th, 2010 AT 8:18 PM

1 Reply

Check to see if the belt is oil contaminated it may be slipping. A slipping belt will cauwse the alternaqter to not charge and does fit the symptoms.

The cause of the oil leak may well be a restricted pcv system that is causing a build up of pressure and forcing leaks.

So, check the belt and check pcv for vacuum.

By the sounds, this is a fire hazard.
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 9:05 AM

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