89 escort head gasket?

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Old 05-20-03, 04:26 PM
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Angry 89 escort head gasket?

I have a 1989 ford escort 89000 miles ac 1.9 motor.my husband and I have had nothing but problems trying to solve heating problems.we have put a new water pump,belts,radiator cap,fan motor,fan sensor,timing belt,thermostate,and flushed the radiator.I am not getting any white smoke or milky stuff in oil.It is running hot especially on the freeway.I just took it down to a radiator shop and he said he thinks it might be a head gasket.But they dont fix them there so he cant answer any questions.My question is how bad is that to do yourself and how will we know if the head is warped or damaged.We have never let it over heat we allways shut it off before that happens but it has got hot.I would hate for him to spend all that time and have to turn around and replace the head.I also have a 1988 chevy corsica 2.0 with ac with the same problem it needs a new head gasket and is losing oil pressure and stalling.We were wondering which car would be better to fix?Thanks in advance for any advice.
 
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Old 05-21-03, 04:13 AM
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Unfortunately, neither . Both are low buck quality cars. You'd be money ahead pitching them both and getting one decent car.

You would have to send the cylinder head out to a machine shop for testing and analysis to determine if it needs any work.

As far as a bad head gasket, any shop can check for the presences of hydrocarbons in the coolant with a coolant analyzer. That would confirm a bad head gasket.
 
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Old 05-21-03, 08:59 AM
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thanks joe.I will never ever own a ford escort again.No one wants to work on them.I only bought it because ot was a good price for lower miles.I would love to get rid of these cars but I cant aford to right now.I would just get rid of these and buy another used but I probably would just to get another car that is going to start messing up.I just got a quote to fix the escort head gasket for $500 or $600.I havent figured out what to do yet.Maybee I should get the escort fixed to buy some time to save up for a new car.Thanks for the advice.
 
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Old 05-21-03, 10:06 AM
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I'd fix the Chevy before the Ford. I own a Cavalier with the same engine (1989) and it's not bad. But, the car was my grandfather's from brand new and I was maintaining it since day one .
 
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Old 05-22-03, 07:55 AM
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Amen.. Of the 2, I've keep the chevy.. In my opinion, I'd rather do the head gasket on a 2.0 than a ford 1.9 any day..
 
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Old 05-22-03, 10:27 AM
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thanks to both of you!!I have heard the same thing from alot of people.I think we are going to fix the ford this week at a shop and then take our time and do the chevy at home so we arent hurting for a car only because when I called a repair shop thinking the chevy needed a oil pump he said he thought it was a rod problem.he said if I needed a oil pump I wouldnt have any oil pressure at all instead of losing the pressure and it stalling when it gets hot then it goes after a min or two.we arent sure if we should even fix that or if we should put a new motor in or just cut our losses.We have done so much work to the chevy.new starter ,alt,muffler ,computer brain,shocks struts ,half axle ,coil packs,you name it we have sone it so I am kinda thinking if I have a new motor it would be like a brand new car with all the new parts.where could I find a machine shop to look at the head?It doesnt have one spot of rust.It was such a great car and I drove it for 5 years maybee I am just having a hard time getting rid of it.Thanks so much for your advice I really appreciate it.
 
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Old 05-22-03, 11:56 AM
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You can look in the phone book under "Auto parts" and call around and ask if they do machine shop work.
 
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Old 05-22-03, 12:07 PM
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oh okay thanks.We werent sure where to go.I think I might try and do it all by myself and just take my time.I am pretty handy and then i know it will get done.ha ha thanks again.
 
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Old 05-22-03, 01:03 PM
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Pick up a repair manual for it, that will guide you. You can also use autolibrary.org below as well.

The checking of the cylinder head is critical. If you just install a new gasket and the head is cracked/bad, you will do it over again!

Chances are the block is OK, but there are instances where the head can be OK (or checked and be OK) and the block warped.

Make sure to have it checked by someone before reinstalling it.

It should be checked for cracks, warps, straightness and for bad valves. It should basically be returned to you in good shape .
 
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