Lets see if I have this right:
1: No rear tail lamps
2: Right side Inst. Panel lamps go off when you signal Right.
3: Left side Inst. Panel lamps don't work at all
4: Lighter socket dead.
Is that correct? Do the Brake lights and front park lamps work? I'll assume
since you didn't mention them. Do the lights on the radio and heater controls
It sounds like you checked the fuses. I think the 92 Escort had a fuse panel
hood also, take a look. Also, what do you "wiggle" when the lights go off on the
Symptom 1: First check the bulbs (just replace them, they are old anyway and
inexpensive). While you are doing that look into the sockets, look for any
inside. Also look for loose wires in that area. If new bulbs don't fix it and
are no obvious problems, you'll need to dig deeper.
Symptom 2and 3: This sounds like it could be a loose connector on the back of
instrument cluster (the panel that contains the speedometer and gauges). The
needs to come out to check this.
Symptom 4: Either a blown fuse, or defective lighter socket. If the previous
was a smoker the socket could be filled with debris and dirt causing a poor
Hope this helps, Tom