2001 ford escort, has a catch in both Directions when steering
2001 ford escort, has a catch in both directions when you turn the wheel and a noticeable skip in steering. It is starting to worry me safety wise as it is my wifes car and we have little kids. Any help would be great?
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Use the key, if it wont turn try jerking the steering wheel in both directions while turning the key, sometimes when the wheel is turned when parked the key lock gets stuck due to pressure on the lock cylinder
If the steering wheel is binding, you will have to wiggle the steering wheel back and forth hard while you turn the key at the same time. Or try turning the key upside down or try your second key. This is the same a s a Ford Ranger
Turn your steering wheel left or right side. If it moves, then good for you. But if doesn't, it probably means that locking system in the steering wheel is damaged. For this, you can just turn the steering wheel opposite to the direction of the car wheels. Most of the time, cars are turned off with the wheels turned on the opposite directions, which makes the key get stuck in the ignition due to pressure in the steering wheel. When the pressure is released from the steering column, a click can be heard and key is released.
If no luck, there might be a problem with shifter mechanism, which means that you have a trip to the repair shop in store for you. Get this problem addressed immediately, as it could mean that your shift interlock is out of order, which can increase the chances of deploying the air bag up in your face, causing a serious injury.
Locate the serpentine belt tensioner on the front of the engine. The belt tensioner on the 2001 Ford Escort is located directly under the power steering pump and above the air conditioner pump. The belt tensioner has a 17 mm bolt head in the center of the pulley.
no this is not normal and you need to determine if its the inner or outer tie rods. make sure you have no up and down movement though. that is signs of bad bearings. if you need to replace the tie rods, after youre done, make sure to get it aligned.
A simple thing to check is to make sure your power steering belt didn't come off, or check to see if you have any power steering fluid in the reservoir, as it could have a leak too. If you don't have power steering, there isn't much that can fail quickly, except maybe the steering gearbox? If you don't see anything obvious, have a mechanic give it a look over
a EAST fix, I removed the plastic around the steering wheel (3 bolts under the steering wheel) and I manually pulled the lever toward you to remove the key. THEN I used a zip tie to hold it back so my key can come out from now on... saved you $300 for a new tumbler
EASY fix and cost $.05cents.
This was done on my 2001 ford escort and it should work with other fords, like the focus model.