help with faults on ford escort...

P reg 97 escort 1.3
two faults... help appreciated...
1. clock, interior lights, radio... all not working and fuse keeps blowing immediately when replaced without key in ignition...
2. grating sound when turning steering wheel... still turns okay though (lubrication?)
known faults? easily fixable?
cheers Lee
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1) short circuit, take it auto electrician, its probably the fuse box 2) either the bush dropped out in the steering colum or top bearing in ignition colum worn, easy to fix, look in manual
hope this is some help, pip
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