98 ford Escort idles so rough at times it shakes, idle improves when not under a load.
Optional Information: 1998 Ford escort 2litreAlready Tried: checked ford service bulletin which mentions new bushings and modified mounts for motor.I hope its simpler.
How is the tune up? It sounds like a misfire to me.
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That car has a problem with the engine mounts that is why the bulletin. The mounts collaspe and allow all the engine vibration into the body of the car. Replacing the engine mounts moves the engine back up where it needs to be and takes care of the vibration that you are feeling.
Chances are it is worse in gear then in neutral.
The mounts are actually pretty easy to replace on that engine.
Reply to zzdaryl's Post: spark plug wires have been replaced along with pcv valve,spark plugs look ok but who knows, only have had car 15 months.
I would really, REALLY look at getting the motor mounts replaced before you chase something that is not a problem. If you have a floor jack, have someone jack up the engine while you are sitting in the car, running and in gear. I think that you will be suprised by what you feel.
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