Ford Escort specifications

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1991 - 2000 Ford Escort/Mercury Tracer Standards

Recommended lubricants, fluids and capacities
Type API "certified for gasoline engines"
Viscosity
1.8L & 1.9L engines (>0ºC and up) SAE 10W-30 for warm climates (<38ºC and down) SAE 5W-30 for cooler climates
2.0L egnines 5W-30
Capacity (with filter change)
1991 - 1997 4.0 qts
1998 on 4.5 qts
1999 & 2000
Sedan 4.0 qts
ZX2 4.5 qts
Brake fluid type DOT 3 heavy-duty brake fluid
Power steering fluid type MERCON automatic transmission fluid
Automatic transaxle fluid/Capacity
Type MERCON automatic transmission fluid
1991 - 1996 2.5 qts
1997 & 1998 5.7 qts
1999 & 2000 4.1 qts
Manual transaxle lubricant/Capacity
Type MERCON automatic transmission fluid
1991 - 1998 2.9 qts
1999 & 2000 3.6 qts
Coolant/Capacity 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol-based antifreeze and water
1.8L & 1.9L engines
Manual transaxle 5.3 qts
Automatic transaxle 6.3 qts
1991 - 1998
2.0 SPI engine
Manual transaxle 5.8 qts
Automatic transaxle 7.9 qts
2.0 Zetec engine
Manual transaxle 7.0 qts
Automatic transaxle 7.5 qts
1999 & 2000
Manual transaxle 5.3 qts
Automatic transaxle 6.3 qts
Drivebelt deflection
1.8L engine
New belt 5/16 to 3/8 inch
Used belt 3/8 to 7/16 inch
1.9L & 2.0L engines Automatic tensioner
Brakes
Disc brake pad thickness (minimum) 1/8 inch
Drum brake shoe lining thickness (minimum) 1\16 inch
Spark plug type
1.8L engine Motorcraft AGSP-32C
1.9L engine
1994 & earlier Motorcraft AGSF-34C
1995 Motorcraft AGSF-34PP
1996 Motorcraft AGSF-34EE
2.0L SPI engine Motorcraft AGSF-34EE
2.0L Zetec engine
Through 1998 Motorcraft AZFS-ZZF
1999 & 2000 Motorcraft AZFS-32FE
Spark plug gap
1.8 engine 0.039 - 0.043 inch
1.9 engine 0.054 inch
2.0L engines
SPI engines 0.052 - 0.056 inch
1999 & 2000 Zetec engine 0.048 - 0.052 inch
Firing order 1-3-4-2
Clutch pedal
1991 - 1996 models
Height 7-3/4 - 8 inches
Freeplay 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Disengagement height 1-5/8 inches
1997 & later models
Height 8-3/8 - 8 inches
Freeplay 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Disengagement height 2-3/8 inches
Torque specifications Ft-lbs (unless otherwise indicated)
Wheel lug nuts 65 - 87
Spark plugs
1.8L engine 11 - 17
1.9L engine 96 - 180 in-lbs
2.0L engines 80 - 177 in-lbs
Oil pan drain plug
1.8L engine 22 - 30
1.9L & 2.0L SPI engines 15 - 22
2.0 Zetec engine 29 - 41
Manual transaxle drain plug 29 - 39
Manual transaxle speed sensor bolt 70 - 99 in-lbs
Automatic transaxle drain plug 29 - 39
Automatic transaxle pan bolts
1991 74 - 95 in-lbs
1992 on 69 - 95 in-lbs

Also see

  • Ford Escort & ZX2 section for the entire index of all Ford Escort and ZX2 related articles.