Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'99 Ford Escort, Blowing Motor Oil
Q: Im wondering if you can help me. I have a 99 Ford Escort 4 cylinder 2.0L,which is spitting out motor oil through the motor oil dipstick, it kicks out the dipstick. Then out comes the oil and lots of it. I may have an idea that it may be a clogged PCV valve, which by the way, I cant seem to find. I would appreciate any info on this problem.
- Juan A.
A: Look for a vacuum hose about the size of your finger that travels from the intake manifold to the front of the motor to an area on the drivers side of the engine near the exhaust manifold. There should be a coolant hose and steel tube passing just in front of it. When inspecting the PCV valve be sure to check the hose/tube going to it. There has been problems with the PCV hose becoming restricted with deposits. Im concerned that you may have more than a PCV system problem. An engine that has that much pressure to pop the dip stick out and blow oil on to the engine is either over filled with oil or has an internal problem. I hope the PCV valve is your fix, but dont be surprised if there is more to it than that.