Escort Problems

hi
i have a 93 escort 1.8 diesel, and i have a couple of problems with it.
1) its a pain to get it started in a morning, takes a fair bit of cranking
but does go, once to car has been used its ok the rest of the day. I have changed the engine glow plugs but it does seem to have made any difference.
2) The car seems to be underpower and has problems with going up hill, is this because its a diesel, or is there a problem?
3) Heater is always blowing cold air, it does get slightly warm but never anything like it should. I had a squeeze at the houses and they feel full of something, do these hoses have a tendency of calapsing?
thanks for any help
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poorly maintained they don't last forever. I have had many Escort vans for work over the years & drive them from new until they just wear out, usually after about 250,000 miles if well maintained. The compression will suffer as the engine wears this is why it's a bugger to start, i bet the problem has got worse as the weather has gotten colder. Take it to a Diesel specialist & have the compression checked which wont cost much. I got conned once into buying new glowplugs, injectors & pump when all along it was down to a prematurely worn engine. I guess you have replaced the fuel filter which is often the cause of many probs with Diesels playing up. The performance of the 1.8 Ford Diesel is crap, i have to change down to 4th for many upward stretches of motorway to do 65mph if im carrying anything heavier than a Mars bar. The 1.6 Diesel should never have been allowed to roll off the production line. It's just too slow, it's a bloody hazard. As for the radiator problem....If it's not losing water & the thermostat is OK then it could be a sludge blocked heater matrix (looks like a little radiator type thing that the heater fan blows air over) Does the heater fan work?.....Hope it helps, Regards, K.
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Done the glow plugs, its due a service so am going to change fuel filter when i change oil, checked the air filter and it full of dirt, so thats not helping the situation either.
The car has covered 120,000 miles and is on a UK L plate.
There seems to be no problem with the cooling system, engine runs at normal temp, want from leicester to cardiff and back no trouble at all. Its just the damn heater that doesn't get warm. Heater fan works ok, all speed settings, its blows varying amouts of almost luke warm air at me, :0(
Thanks for the post
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disconnect the heater hoses keep the antifreeze if you wish to put back in I would use new connect a garden hose to the outlet of your heater then gently turn on the tap yes gently u can turn it up as the water comes through it should push out any muck in the heater also check the heater hoses are free too. there is a bypass valve on the system so if the heater is blocked the water still goes round the engine. while u have the hose pipe I would do the same to radiator put hose on bottom and flush back till water runs clean. check the heater control cables are connected to the heater valve some times they stick or break Have some one in the car operate the Hot cold knob while u watch to make sure the valve is getting full travel may need a spot of lube if your engine temp is only just normal or on the low side Cover the bottom third or half of the radiator with a thick tin foil from the front wind pressure holds it on I had a sierra which I had to do this to get any where near warm in winter the cooling system was actually too good it is only seconds to pull off the tin foil if you think it runs too hot mine never did

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