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Old 07-01-2017, 09:09 AM   #1
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Hi all - I'm a life-long early Escort GT owner. We stumbled on a 2004 SVT last weekend and scooped her up for what seems to be a good price. I always said my logical Escort replacement would be a Focus but I never even looked at SVTs. (and I'm not planning on getting rid of the Escorts yet!). It doesn't check off ALL my boxes for a perfect replacement but it's pretty damn close! :)

I have a few questions. This is a one-owner car with 118k. The maintenance book was in the car so I have a good idea of what was done over the years. I also pulled the Carfax and the Oasis report from Ford. But what I really need to know is what should be done.

Timing belt? I see no record of this being done and the book recommends 120 or 125K. I've seen forums posts that say otherwise and I know on the EGTs it's about every 70K. What else should be replaced with that?

Tires - it still has the OEM tire on it (4th or 5th set). They are pretty thin but I should be able to rotate them and at least finish out the year. What's a good replacement tire or should I stick with the Conti's? I was never a fan but they do seem to have a following. I like a fun tire but rain shedding is super important to me and I'd prefer not to replace every year (the original owner did a set at 10K!)

Snows - it didn't come with snows or extra wheels. Is it true the smallest wheel that will fit is 16"? If so that is truly depressing as I have a plethora of 13, 14 and 15s from the Escorts with the same bolt pattern (one of my main reasons for picking a Focus as a potential replacement!)

It has the wiper park issue but we know how to fix that.

The moonroof is acting up. You can easily pop it up but it won't return. We had it figured out last week - I think you have to hold one of the buttons to get it to open fully and then when it closes it tries to pop up immediately so it's kind of a balancing act. IIRC the rear button is not working at all. I'm hoping it's just the switch? I really miss having an open roof!

How do I add my iPhone?! This is critical to me personally. I have it installed (hard wired) in the Escort and Ranger but so far all I can find for the Focus is a BT kit. It has the in-dash CD changer and from what I can tell it's not compatible with the same kit I put in the Ranger.

With the back seats down, the drivers side rests on the back of the center console. I'm afraid it will leave a dent in the top of the seat if it's down for too long, or has too much weight on it. Is this an issue? Is there any way around it? Also, do people who regularly put the back seats down just remove the headrests for good? I never have passengers anyway.

Roof rack - I bike a lot so this is important if I'm to consider this as a daily driver. Worst case it would probably be the car I take for trips and I'd need a way to transport 1-2 bikes then too, even if I continue to use the EGT or Ranger for local riding. I had already done the research on the ZX3 rack from Ford of Europe but I guess that's not as critical for a 5 door. I have old Yakima Q towers that came with the gutter system I bought used in 2003 for the Escort. I know I'd need a fit kit. I'm not sure if it's worth buying new Q towers though as these are probably from the 1990s. I also do a lot of work though a bike shop and can get Thule, plus I have some spare square bars. I'm not sure if I have spare round bars.

We're also not sure if it needs a clutch. It releases high but the clutch master was recently replaced so we're going to make sure that's in good shape before ripping the clutch out.

Oh - it's not charging fully while running. The alternator was also replaced fairly recently. Is this common as well? I saw posts that they eat O2 sensors but didn't see anything about alternators.

I think that's it for now.

Basically are there any other things that typically go on these cars?

And are the forums a good place to browse for used roof racks and snow tires/wheels? I setup CL searches for the rack but didn't do anything for wheels yet. I saw somewhere there are a few other cars that use the same 16s but want to be sure my 15s won't fit first.

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Old 07-01-2017, 10:01 AM   #2
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Holy crap that's a long first post lol. Welcome to the forums.

If there's no record of the timing belt being replaced it's a ticking time bomb. That should be first on your list and when you do it make sure you replace everything (belt, tensioner, water pump, idler, etc). It's cheap insurance.

Sumitomo makes a great all season tire for our SVT's and they're priced lower than the Conti's.

Yes 16's will fit on an SVT. Personally I prefer 17's.

The wiper thingy takes like 10 minutes to switch out with new one. Can find those at Pull & Pay.

The stock 6 disc is crap, but don't throw it away. Get an aftermarket head unit. I have a Kenwood with all the bells and whistles.

I have a Thule roof rack with a cargo basket on my SVT.

My clutch releases high as well and has 139K on it. If you do the clutch the LUK kit from CFM is a great stock replacement. Make sure you do the slave cylinder and check the main seal too. As with the timing belt you want to replace everything possible so you won't have any worries.

There is an inline fuse link (I think) that can send false info. Check grounds and whatnot. Could be you need a new battery.

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Old 07-01-2017, 10:11 AM   #3
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One last thing is the fan resistor. Be very aware of your engine cooling fans. Because the SVT header is right next to the resistor (located at top between the fans) it can melt. rust, and or fail.

The oil gauges on the dash...

Left is oil pressure. it should be at 3/4 while at speed. It will drop at idle so don't be alarmed.

Right gauge is temp. That usually reads just above 1/2". If that needle climbs while you're idling then you may have a fan resistor issue.

Tstat and housing also can leak coolant. Known issue. CFM makes a sweet upgraded OEM housing and get the 180* thermastat.

Please post some pics when you can.
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Welcome to FF......http://c-f-m.com as Mike has mention is a great source for svt parts. t/b, tensioner, belt as well as the t-stat & new upgraded housing. I'd also down the road source/hunt for a imrc for a spare. Contour/Mystic v/6's work.....
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I went out and looked at my moonroof and when you push the button towards the windshield it pops up at an angle.

Pushing button towards the rear and it lowers.

Pushing the button towards the rear opens the moonroof all of the way.

Pushing the button forward closes the moonroof.

You do not need to hold the button, but you can stop the moonroof by pushing the button as it opens or closes.
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Thanks! Sorry for the long-winded post, I wanted to get everything int here and actually missed one silly thing. That's what I get for relying on my memory!

I work for a dealer so I always like to check OEM prices first, unless you can tell me that OEM is not the way to go on certain items.

We thought as much on the timing belt (is it a belt or chain?). So that will be first on the list. I need to go through the records again and see what was replaced. The original owner was great at replacing stuff but he also would do a single bearing or rotor instead of in pairs. I prefer to do pairs when possible!

IIRC the battery was replaced at the same time as the alternator.

Will 15s fit on the SVT at all or will they not clear the calipers? I have a few spare sets of aluminum Escort GT 15s. This is only for snows!!! I use 13s on the Escort in the snow - this is a HUGE change for me! =:0

I'll keep the 17s for summer tires.

Felix - I think the t-stat housing was replaced recently as well. Thanks for that link!

AFF - how is the rack with the doors? I'm so used to a gutter mount and I know these clamp inside the doors. Any issues with the weatherstrip or wind noise?

I'm trying not to spend $$ on a new head unit.... though it cost almost $100 to wire and mount the phone in the the Ranger. I needed a mount for it too. I need to look at the ash tray and see if I can mount it in there (found a youtube video on that)

I'll post pix when I get it away from my overgrown bushes lol. Once we get a plate on it we'll probably have the shop detail it. My SO would like to get a replacement hood someday as it's pretty badly chipped around the lights but that's going to be a "if we find one cheap" deal. There's been a blue one on CL for a year cheap but our car is black!

Oh! The one thing I missed - there is supposed to be a cargo net? I have a little cargo pouch in the front left of the trunk. But I don't see that it would stretch across the entire trunk. Anyone have a pic of what it looks like?
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I went out and looked at my moonroof and when you push the button towards the windshield it pops up at an angle.

Pushing button towards the rear and it lowers.

Pushing the button towards the rear opens the moonroof all of the way.

Pushing the button forward closes the moonroof.

You do not need to hold the button, but you can stop the moonroof by pushing the button as it opens or closes.
Let me double check that - we had definite issues with it. It was pretty funny to see us out there reading it the manual. We had to hold it to get it to move back.
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By the way I too came from a 1995 Escort 4 years ago. It was totaled in a rear end accident in 2013 and I replaced it with an SVT.

Been on this site ever since and on my 5th SVT now lol.
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We used to dirt track those escort GTs, 91-95 were the good ones. If I understand what you're saying I stay the forward button on the sunroof is the only one that will do anything, and it's not automatic and you have to hold it down the entire time. If so mine was the same way, I thought I needed a new switch(I didnt know it was supposed to be automatic) but I did a relearn procedure and it works perfect now... I'm still amazed that it worked.

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We used to dirt track those escort GTs, 91-95 were the good ones. If I understand what you're saying I stay the forward button on the sunroof is the only one that will do anything, and it's not automatic and you have to hold it down the entire time. If so mine was the same way, I thought I needed a new switch(I didnt know it was supposed to be automatic) but I did a relearn procedure and it works perfect now... I'm still amazed that it worked.
Mine are all 1Gs - I have an 86, (2) 88s and an 84 Euro Cabriolet (only the 86 runs TBH)

We didn't see the reset procedure, so we'll give that a shot!
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