I drove my 1997 ford escort to the store the other day it ran great on the way there but on the way back it started knocking really bad and had lost lots of power. It still starts right up every time I try but has a hard time idling and has little to no power. Could this be a timing belt issue? it sounds like the valves are knocking really bad , If you have any ideas please let me know it's a 2.0 4cyl engine
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1997 Ford Escort Question: Knocking
Answer #1steveo72 August 30, 2009, 14:08Rookie
It could be just a bad sparkplug causing all of that. How many miles are on it ?
Answer #2rcpwlh September 26, 2009, 14:42Rookie
Check the PCV valve and the hose that connects the valve to the manifold. I had the same issue.
Answer #3Visitor, February 20, 2011, 15:51
Had the same exact problem, It was bad spark plugs & plug wires.