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  1. Hi all, Would anyone have any ideas on my new problem with the Escort: the engine overheats as the fan won't start. When I short it (from the thermostatic switch multiplug), the fan does switch on. I have replaced the thermostatic switch on the thermostat housing , but the problem persists. I am at a loss, because the switch is the only part of the circuit that I seem to remove when I short the fan as above. By the way, is there a sensor for the actual radiator temperature? I would think that this should make the fan switch on (when the temperature in the radiator reaches a certain value)... Many thanks!
  2. Sorry did not report back in February: after a few more tries (and buying a pressure-bleeding kit) it worked, the braking is nice and firm now. Thank you for your advice!
  3. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas why I may have increased brake travel after bleeding (following caliper overhaul). I have taken the Escort for a run afterwards, and it brakes fine, if only the pedal feels a bit soft -- but maybe it's just me used to driving it with sticky brakes for several months! Now here is another strange thing: when bleeding the system, my assistant pressed the pedal repeatedly, then held the pedal (with engine off, of course) -- and the pedal would not always get firm, as it should according to the Haynes manual. Also I could not get rid completely of the bubbles, which suggests air in the system, but I have done a lot of bleeding, about 0.7l of brake fluid! At the moment, the car being on its wheels, the pedal does get quite firm when depressed with engine off (as it should), then softens when I switch it on (as it should), but there is this feeling that it is still too soft when braking. Anyone has any ideas or perhaps has had something similar in the past? Many thanks!
  4. Well, they might be. This problem has been coming and going. It would do this for a few weeks or even months and then back to normal again. In 2012 I was told by the MOT tester that a new rule was about to be introduced and that it would fail the following year with this problem. (He was the one who advised me to take the bulb out!) This guy had to retire before my 2013 MOT, but somehow I was lucky, in both 2013 and 2014 not to have this problem during the test. Actually, in one of these two years I did the resetting (unplugging and plugging back in, following a video on YouTube) and it worked. It is not working now... I actually took the seats off today to inspect the area, moved the cables around a bit, gave the connector another clean (vacuum+WD40) --- still flashing. Regarding the error codes: my car is unfortunate to have the 16-pin connector already (the car is a 1995, N-plate) but not to work with the OBD II protocol (it started on Ford in 1996 or 1997). A garage guy I took the car to last year (there was a fault leading to bad emissions) has some code reader that he say is not common and is expensive. I guess it could be a glitch but I will only know if I take it to that guy again. Thank you for your comments anyway, they are much appreciated.
  5. Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone has any further ideas on this one, before I take the bulb out altogether. I have tried several times unplugging the yellow connectors and plugging them back in, to no avail. (Waited for several minutes each time with ignition off.) Also tried disconnecting the battery, this did not work either. Many thanks!
  6. I am sorry if you feel that it was a waste of your time. I am grateful for your air leak comments: I personally have learnt from them and shall take them on board in the future. The garage that said it was an air leak was different to the garage where I took the car in the end (I was wating for my appontment with them at the time). There are garages to just do an emissions test and there are garages to solve a challenging problem! By the way, the guy who did the job said that there is no air leak, he checked it first.
  7. By the way, can anyone suggest where I can get a fault code reader for my Escort (1995)? Apparently, OBD2 readers work for cars from 1996 onwards. It seems a bit bizzare, but my Escort's ECU has got a socket that OBD2 plugs into (and even tries to start when plugged) but then gives an error message and is of no further use.
  8. Problem sorted. It was an ECU glitch, apparently. It was not supplying the required voltage (0.5V) to the lambda sensor. The garage guy who fixed it said everything was in order once he probed (i.e. gave an extra ground) the signal wire that goes from the ECU to the lambda. Many thanks to everyone!
  9. I can see the logic in your explanation. I saw on a website (I think it was about Polos though) that the pressure inside the manifold can be lower than outside (is this what people mean when they use the word "vacuum" in this context?), hence the sucking in when an "air leak" occurs. It may well be that on Escorts it is the other way round, or that they were ill informed... Regarding the garage guys, I would not put too much money on their claim. They were in a rush, as many of them usually are. At the time another problem occured as we spoke: the fan connector on the fan switch stopped working. It had not looked very healthy for years and now finally gave way. Following which I got a new connector from a scrapyard, which was lucky, and the fan is cutting in fine. I then went back to the emissions guys to ask them to give the emissions test another go, which they offered to do free of charge in the first place. (This was kind of them, but also explains why they would not want to spend too much time on my problem.) At that point they said that there was no point in retesting since the first time round it was an air leak and the fan connector and switch could not have been a reason for high emissions, which seems fair enough to me.
  10. Many thanks for your comment. Today a guy at a garage sprayed some stuff (they said "brake cleaner") around the inlet manifold and the emissions on the computer shot up. The guy suggests there is an air leak in the inlet manifold. Just to check: my understanding is that an air leak like this would make the oxygen sensor send a signal to the ECU to inject more fuel, which would be the way it overfuels. Would this logic be correct, were there to be an air leak?
  11. I have just had a new cat fitted to my Ford Escort (1995, 1.4 petrol) and the CO emissions reading is still high. I wonder what the chances are that the engine coolant temperature sensor is faulty. I recently replaced the lambda sensor, and lambda readings are OK. Many thanks!
  12. Can anyone help me out, which one is the fuel pump relay on a 1995-96 Escort? Many thanks!
  13. I was wondering if anyone has come across this problem: the starter won't turn when the car is hot. The starter is new, I believe it is all right. I have had the battery checked and it is supposed to be all right too. Under different testing conditions symptoms vary: for instance on a couple of occasions after a long run when the car would not start I would disconnect the spark plug leads and the starter would turn fine. Then I would connect the leads back and the car would start again! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  14. Welcome to the Ford forums k_d_ch :)