1996 Ford Escort 1.9--Tune-up????????

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Old 05-21-06, 11:43 AM
Rick Spalding
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Question 1996 Ford Escort 1.9--Tune-up????????

Can anyone tell me what....exactly you do to tune these cars besides change the plugs and check the oil????? AND what is the gap for the plugs in this thing???

Wish I had my 1957 Vette still......it had an engine I could understand!!!

Thanks for the help....
Rick
 
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Old 05-21-06, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Rick Spalding
Can anyone tell me what....exactly you do to tune these cars besides change the plugs and check the oil????? AND what is the gap for the plugs in this thing???

Wish I had my 1957 Vette still......it had an engine I could understand!!!

Thanks for the help....
Rick

Tune ups basics haven't changed much except for the frequency of it needed in newer cars which is less often of course , anyways check or change :

Air, Fuel , Oil & Tranny Filter, Belt(s), PCV Valve, Spark Plugs & Wires, Check all fluids levels ( Brake, Tranny, Steering, Coolant)
and as you mention change engine oil too.
 
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Old 05-21-06, 08:16 PM
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Wink That sounds like an oil change to me!!



All those items are important to check and I appreciate your response but back in my day (I ain't tellin' my age.....too embarrassing) ya could adjust carbs, change electrical items like distributor caps, Rotors, Condensors, Points,....and..........you could actually improve performance with minor mods...........today it seems like ya get what you see and nothing can be changed, fixed, massaged, or even cleaned....now it feels like StarTrek and Crystal Circuitry.....

I'm feelin' totally obsolete!!!!
 
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Old 05-21-06, 08:52 PM
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Well, the MAF sensor could probably use a cleaning by now
Un-hook the battery
Ya take that little box that's in the Air Intake tube out
It's in between the air filter box, and the throttle body
The screws are security screws (so you don't do what I'm telling you to do) so you need a special screwdriver or a hacksaw or Dremel to cut a slot and flat-blade it
Pull out the "box"
There should be little wires, like inside a light bulb
If there's any guck on them, spray it off w/carb cleaner
You can un-hook the connector to get the part away from the engine bay to spray it

If there no guck on it, well it's worth it just to have opened the "dealer only serviceable" part

...and spray it anyway for good measure

If the O2 sensor has over 60K on it, I'd replace that
 
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Old 05-23-06, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Rick Spalding


All those items are important to check and I appreciate your response but back in my day (I ain't tellin' my age.....too embarrassing) ya could adjust carbs, change electrical items like distributor caps, Rotors, Condensors, Points,....and..........you could actually improve performance with minor mods...........today it seems like ya get what you see and nothing can be changed, fixed, massaged, or even cleaned....now it feels like StarTrek and Crystal Circuitry.....

I'm feelin' totally obsolete!!!!

Well Im in my 30's so I guess im not that experienced but I do remember growing up and people used to " clean " or " service " pretty much everything from carbs to spark plugs and air filters ( remember using compressed air on them ?) but today's way is just to replace replace replace, nobody takes a spark plug and cleans it with gas anymore or uses sandpaper on a dist. cap to clean contacts etc....
I guess you mean you could " play " more with your engine back in the day, wether you could actually improve performance is still open for questions
 
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Rick, I also grew up tuning carburators, and I too wish I still had my 57 Chevy.

I also had a 91 Tracer with the 1.9L engine. After plugs and oil, the only tuneup tasks would be:

- clean the throttle body bore
- change the air filter when needed

The engine has a high energy ignition system. I believe the plug gap was 0.060". My engine seemed to eat ignition wires, which needed replacing every 30K.

Nowadays, the following should be done on a car like yours:

- change transmission fluid every 30K
- change coolant every 30K/2yrs
- change brake fluid every 2 years
 
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