car repairs


Question by  tanaloo (16)

My Ford Escort is having trouble starting, and I hear a rattling noise, what should I do?


Answer by  Xceptional (642)

You may have a transmission problem, Ford Escorts are notorious for having bad transmissions, You Battery may also be going bad. This is a fairly difficult repair, if you consider yourself a novice i would recommend either consulting your car manual, or seeking the help of a licensed mechanic to-be safe.


Answer by  6ixk (1156)

Check your battery connections first, if its a five speed you can tap the starter. If its an automatic I suggest you fill the battery with some water if you think it's the battery.


Answer by  CELH (298)

If the starter is bad it will be a ticking noise. If it sounds like it will almost start the starter probably works.


Answer by  sherry52 (8)

I would have to say that the problem is with the starter on your car. The rattling noise you hear could be from the starter cables being loose. Another problem could be that the starter motor is starting to fail or commonly the ignition switch could be faulty and need replacing.


Answer by  CarGuy2010 (30)

If your Ford Escort is having trouble starting and your here a rattling noise, I recommend you take your car to an auto shop.


Answer by  happytimes63 (865)

Sounds like the starter is either loose or is wearing out. Locate the starter, remove it if you can, and get it tested at a auto parts store.


Answer by  irongrigglet (7)

it could be a problem with either the alternator or starter motor. go to a garage to ford dealership to get it fixed. it could also be a problem with the engine mounts and that would also require work from a garage.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

The best thing to do is have a mechanic look at it to find the rattle. As for the hard starting, make sure that the timing is set correctly and that your plugs are gapped right and in good shape.


Answer by  laura27 (1216)

The starter looks like it could be having the cable loosen or the starter could have a failing motor or ignition switch needs to be fixed and replaced.


Answer by  Ajaye (9)

once you get you car started. take your car to auto zone. they can hook up a computer for free. it will tell you what is wrong.


Answer by  psimpsonuml (17)

Take a lot at the fan belt to see if its loose and if it is loose, try to tighten it up. Otherwise, it could be something loose in your wheel

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