1997 Ford Escort Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1997 Ford Escort

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1997 Ford Escort Problems

The Constant Control Relay Module May Fail

There are reports of failures of the CCRM or Constant Control Relay Module.  The CCRM has relays and switches inside that control or provide power to the engine cooling fan, AC clutch (to engage the AC compressor), fuel pump and powertrain control module (PCM).  Single switches or relays can fail internally causing a number of different symptoms including no start conditions (inoperative fuel pump or PCM), engine running warm due to inoperative cooling fan, or the AC might not blow cold air.

Rough Running Engine and/or Noise

Valve seats (components in the cylinder head that help seal the valve) can fall out. When this happens, it causes rough running and creates noise. Replacement of the cylinder head is commonly required to fix this problem.

Problems with Engine Idle

I purchased my 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 from a private owner. His daughter had been using it to travel back and forth to college. The price was right, and so was the mileage at just 112,000 miles. Aside from the few to be expected highway dings, the vehicle was in good condition. One morning when I went out to start it I noticedthat the car was idling very low, below 1,000 RPMs. It actually stalled once or twice. I ruled out an electrical problem ...

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1997 Ford Escort Questions

error is misfire on cylinder; have tried sparkplugs, coil pack, fuel injector (1 answer)

it won't pass inspection. They clear the error and have to drive it 40 to 50 miles to clear other three monitors then message comes back

Why does my fuel ignition coil keep going bad (1 answer)

I engine light flashing indicating two cyclinders are not firing. Raw fuel being pushed through caddilidic converter. Destroying the converter. Had converter replaced along with fuel ignition coil. Week later after driving for 10 hours delivering pizza. Car engine light flashing again. Car won...

Why all my lights keep blowing on my escort ,what is causing it? (1 answer)

Like I put a new head lights,park lights,tail lights, and brake lights in it after putting a new battery in it n it blew all the light n it still won't hold charge or nothing..What can be causing all of this?

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1997 Ford Escort Recalls

Recall 02V323000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE INTEGRATED AIR BAG MONITOR (IABM) CAN BE CONTAMINATED WITH WATER OR OTHER LIQUIDS AND COULD EXPERIENCE INTERNAL ELECTRICAL SHORTING.

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1997 Ford Escort Reviews

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I bought my 1997 ford escort in 2009.12000k on it. It gave me lots of problems. please don't by this car.
I've had my 1997 escort for 3 years now it was given to me as a present and as a first i couldn't have had a better car, only dislikes are the electronics are wonky in the cold and it takes a little time to start in the cold.
1997 Ford Escort - I got this for my first car in 06 and love it. It doesn't give me any trouble. Very reliable. I will be driving 2 hours away for school this Fall and I'm not worried about it at all. It's serviced at Metro Ford regularly which also gives me confidence for this fall. I think my 97 actually drives much better than my dad's 05 Focus. But I'm not big on newer cars. I plan ...

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