Need Advice on a zx2....
Need Advice on a zx2....
06-23-2009, 12:30 AM
06-23-2009, 08:54 AM
Welcome to the forum!
Sounds like the zx2 needs a little attention. There is no pattern to loosen the bolts on the valve cover. It's a good idea, though, to start in the center and work your way to the outside. The same is true for tightening the bolts. You're changing the plugs and oil. Put on a new oil filter.
The clutch may be low on fluid. It shares it's brake fluid with the brake master cylinder reservoir. Check the brake fluid on that. There may be some air in the clutch which could be bled out at the clutch slave cylinder. However, it would probably grind in all gears if this was the case. It could be a bad synchronizer on 1st gear. Double clutch it to see if it goes away. If it does it's the synchronizer. Rather than pull the tranny to replace the sychro I would just double clutch from 1st to 2nd. Sometimes if you hesitate in neutral the engine speed will match up to the tranny speed.
While doing a tuneup I would change the air, fuel filter and the PCV valve. If you have over 75k miles on the ignition wires I would replace them, also. Given the service history (none) I would replace the antifreeze. It gets corrosive after a while and will eat through a head gasket.
Belts--replace the accessory belt and the timing belt. If the timing belt breaks the engine will stop, but there won't be any damage because your engine is a non-interference, ie. the valves won't go through the tops of the pistons. The timing belt should be good for about 90k miles. If you think it has more miles on it than this, change it. If it does break the worst scenario will be having it towed to the garage.
Hoses last forever on Escorts. Check them and if they are soft or expanded around the necks change them. I didn't change mine until 180k when I replaced the head.
If the battery is older than 5 years replace it. Otherwise, clean and tighten the terminals. Make up a paste of baking soda and water. Neutralize the acid on the terminals and rinse with water. Even though it is a maintenance free battery you could pry the cell caps off with a slot screwdriver and fill the cells with water to the bottom of the slots.
If you do all of the above maintenance you should be good to go another 100k.
On the trunk button, have someone operate it while you listen to the latch back there. If you can hear the solenoid release the problem is an adjustment of the latching mechanism. If you can't hear anything it is either the fuse, switch or solenoid. ~Dave~
12-18-2009, 12:35 PM
My apologies for taking this long to check back in, had some computer issues (lack of one). Thank you for your advice, it was really helpful. I changed the PCV valve and the noise stopped :biggrin:. I changed the battery, did the tune up and have kept them up regularly. The trunk is working again also. i now have other problems with it but i will post another thread on them. thanks.
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