Can you tell where the high pitched noise is coming from? Both of my Escorts
that had automatic transmissions whined as I decelerated. I personally
dislike the Escort Automatic up to about 1995. Be very happy yours is still
working. They usually don't last as long as yours.
The hard starting could be a number of things. Some things that come to mind
Choke not closing, or closing too far.
Dirty air filter.
Needs a tune-up.
Does it idle ok once it does start?
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