Question about 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Clicking noise coming from around flywheel.

Hi! I have a 1998 Ford Escort Sport SE. The other day I noticed that my car is making a loud clicking/rattling noise. Today, the car started leaking oil. I am not sure if the two are connected or not. I got under the hood and found that the source of the noise is coming from around the flywheel. I haven't been able to see what is around/under the flywheel to see if I can see anything more. Does anyone know what could be wrong?

Posted by on

  • 4 more comments 
  • Ann-Marie Calhoun
    Ann-Marie Calhoun Jan 07, 2013

    Is there another way to check? In order to remove the inspection plate I would have to remove the catalytic convertor because I cannot get a wrench on the bolt to remove the inspection plate.

  • montehammons Jan 07, 2013

    Yeah, you don't want to do that unless absolutely necessary. How about if you could lower the exhaust by removing the two nuts or bolts on the exhaust pipe to exhaust manifold. You might have to also loosen or unhitch an exhaust bracket to lower it. Depends on the lay-out in there, and I'm not familiar with it. A mechanic's stethoscope is another option, if you don't want to start mechanicing for the fun of it, lol./

  • Ann-Marie Calhoun
    Ann-Marie Calhoun Jan 07, 2013

    Haha no I would rather not. And I looked again. I thought it was a different part because my inspection plate is actually missing, so when I looked where I was supposed to I thought I was looking at the wrong thing. It is leaking back from by the bell housing, so it looks like a bad seal is what my issue is there. I was talking to a friend and he said that one of the bearings may be bad and that's causing the clicking noise? It's kind of hard to explain but the best I can think of is the noise sounds like someone is hitting a hollow piece of pipe against something, so he suggested a bearing may be the issue?

  • montehammons Jan 07, 2013

    I think you nailed it there, my friend, I'd rather believe your friend is right, and a bad bearing would explain the crank seal failure. Just enough clearance for the crankshaft to move and the seal is lost.

  • Ann-Marie Calhoun
    Ann-Marie Calhoun Jan 07, 2013

    Well, that means a lot of work but at least I know where to go from here. Thank you so much for your help!!

  • montehammons Jan 07, 2013

    You're very welcome.

×

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Ford Master
  • 5,280 Answers

If the car is an automatic, it will have a thin metal flex plate, rather than a regular flywheel. If the flexplate gets a crack in it, it would cause a bit of noise. See if there is an inspection plate on bottom front of transaxle. Remove the inspection cover to look at the flex plate. Turn the engine over to view the flexplate all around. Look for cracks, maybe a loose or missing mounting nut where torque converter mounts on flex plate. If you see nothing, leave the inspection cover off, and run the engine and listen closely for a problem from that area.
Leaking oil, eh? Don't know if related, but while looking at the flexplate, check if motor oil is leaking out the rear main crankshaft seal. It will be fitted to the rear engine block, in front of the flex plate. Oil would be dripping off the rear of engine, or maybe collecting at bottom of bell housing, evident when inspection cover is removed.

Posted on Jan 07, 2013

Testimonial: "Thank you so much for your help and for taking the time to talk it out with me a little bit! You've been the biggest help. Without your help for one problem I would have had no idea where to look for the other."

  • 5 more comments 
  • Ann-Marie Calhoun
    Ann-Marie Calhoun Jan 07, 2013

    Is there a different way to check? In order to remove the inspection plate I would have to remove the catalytic convertor because there is no room to get a wrench in there.

  • Ann-Marie Calhoun
    Ann-Marie Calhoun Jan 07, 2013

    Nevermind. Looked again and my inspection plate is actually missing. How do I get to the crankshaft seal because it is leaking from the bell housing.

  • don-ohio Jan 08, 2013

    This repair is very expensive on most cars,and if you're still hearing the noise,you'll probably have to bite the bullet on the cost.BUT if the noise stops,you might be able to stop the leak by adding Casite or Bar's Leaks ENGINE OIL stop leak,and then when the leak stops,change the oil to one weight heavier then you use and say the green jug of Castrol oil for high mileage cars.It will soften seals and maybe extend the life of your Ford for a while.. don-ohio (:^)

  • montehammons Jan 08, 2013

    Thanks, Don, but we covered that. Turns out the clicking was from a bad crank bearing.

  • don-ohio Jan 08, 2013

    That's fine,Monte,but remember,this solution will come up in a search and may help others. The fix isn't always done with a wrench and a high price tag,as I was bringing out. don-ohio (:^)

  • montehammons Jan 08, 2013

    Good point on that. See ya.

  • don-ohio Jan 08, 2013

    And I forgot to mention that was a great solution you gave there. Kudos! don-ohio (:^)

×

6 Suggested Answers

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

  • 840 Answers

SOURCE: need belt routing for a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2

Call a Ford parts dept and ask them if you can get a routing diagram they can fax or pick it up thats the best way label take weeks to get in so do that and keep the copy in your car file Please rate my response thank you very much

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

stormbrewin
  • 426 Answers

SOURCE: wont start

is the earth cable giving a good engine and body contact.does your starter have two terminals and if so are they the right way around?is the battery any good?Is the engine able to be turned over by hand Make sure you have agood 12v supply to the starter solenoid when cranking the engine An engine test probe/light would be of a lot of use for you to do that test

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

  • 110 Answers

SOURCE: ford focus 53 plate wont start

may have problem with selonoid on top of starter jamming give it a tap with hammer then try

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: Car will not crank sometimes unless you turn the key many times.

Check battery connections. Sometimes a weak connection will fail under very high loads like starting.

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

  • 104 Answers

SOURCE: 98 ford windstar has clicking noise under dash and won't start

The clicking noise is most likly the starter solinoid cycling in and out. This is due to low battery voltage. charge the battery, then have the battery and charging system tested. Some auto supply stores will do this for free for you in the hopes of selling parts

good luck

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Loud noise coming from my engine on my van 98 ford windstar 3.8L


Maybe it,s Cracked or Broke in ther picture say,s Lot,s or the Harmonic Balancer is Loose too or Broke Get back too Me On This Please

Apr 07, 2013 | 1998 Ford Windstar

1 Answer

Hi, I have a 1998 Ford Escort SE with 2.0


The large end should fit the rubber grommet, so it goes down. The small diameter end should connect to the vacuum line.

Aug 02, 2011 | 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

When I go to start my 98 f150 it doesn't turn over it just has a loud clicking/grinding like noise ... I replaced the starter, battery and altenator last yr, could this be the solenoid or is it the...


I would reccomend to remove the starter and check the teeth on the flywheel and make sure that the ring gear is still attached to the flywheel. You may find the starter loose when you go to remove it but I would still check the teeth on the flywheel!

Aug 27, 2010 | 1998 Ford F150 Regular Cab

2 Answers

Grand Am clicking noise


I really doubt this can't be fixed, the car is 8 years old and most likely it may have some worn components in the front end like the Constant Velocity joints, also have the btrake pad anti rattle springs replaced or checked for condition, the brakes can make this noise if the springs loose there tension.

Aug 26, 2009 | 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE

1 Answer

LOUD TAPPING NOISE


the noise is from the fuelpump have to replace it .

Feb 27, 2009 | 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

Clattering noise


Be sure to check the front struts and mounts. Open the hood and try to bounce the front-end up and down as much as possible while looking at the strut mounts.

Jan 04, 2009 | 1998 Ford Escort

1 Answer

1998 FORD ESCORT SEDAN


This noise is caused by the bushings in the brake calipers being worn out

Nov 05, 2008 | 1998 Ford Escort

Not finding what you are looking for?
1998 Ford Escort Logo

397 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75807 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22133 Answers

fordexpert

Level 3 Expert

5495 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...