Your Vehicle: 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 L4-2.0L DOHC VIN 3
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  Initial Inspection and Diagnostic Overview  



NOTE: Trim will reveal the location of most leaks.

  1. Remove any trim or carpet in the general area of the leak.
  2. Road test or water test the vehicle.
  3. Inspect for a dust pattern around the area in question. Inspect for water paths near and above the area in question.
  4. Some leaks can be located by placing bright light under the vehicle, removing any necessary trim or carpet, and inspecting the interior of the body at joints and weld lines.

Wind noise, rattles, and their sources are detected by driving the vehicle at highway speeds. The vehicle should be driven in four different directions with all of the windows closed, the radio off, the blower motor off, and all of the ventilation ducts open.

Most wind noise leaks will occur at the door and window seals or at the sheet metal joints in the door or the door opening.