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Old 01-12-06, 04:06 PM
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ford escort died

I have a 94 Escort efi 4cyl. I was driving and all of a sudden it died on me. I tried to start it and it will not start. Does anyone know where i should start looking for the problem ?
 
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start here

My Ford has a fuel cutoff in the trunk that you can reset check your owners manuel and see if the escort has one,Then I would check and see if you hear fuel pump,also check all fuses paying alot of attention to the ECM and fuel pump fuse.How much fuel do you have?Start with this.
 
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Escort died

I've looked in the trunk and didn't find one. I don't have the owners manual for my car. I have 3/4 of gas in my car. Never had any problems with my car. Where do I find the fuel pump?
 
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it is in tank

You will need to listen for it because it is in the fuel tank.Turn on the key to the start position and get close to fuel tank and if possible remove fuel cap and listen for a whirring sound.
You might have to do this with a helper because I think it shuts off after a few seconds if there is no demand for fuel.
If you have a fuel shut off it would be on the passanger side in the trunk on the inside fender might be covered uo with a panel.
I am not sure you have one but Ford likes them.
 
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Escort died

I must have one because there is a fuel cut-off that lights up when i try to start it. I'll look again. thanks.
 
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Yes that car has one
By '94 Ford started marking the cover for it pretty well (if it's covered)
It'll be in the trunk
Press the button on the top of the switch...I think it's red

If it turns over but doesn't run, I'd bet timing belt
(a good DIY if it's the 1.9-hand tools only)
 
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I suspect a broken timing belt. Your car is 11 years old, these things happen. I suspect that a reasonable repair fee would be under $200. This happened on my '85 Escort wayyyyyy back when...

How many miles on your ride?

It could be the fuel pump relay switch too (happened on my '92 Escort GT). Look in the trunk on the right sight of the wall. You'll have to pull out the paneling to access the switch (going on memory from not so wayyyyy back when)...
 
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my car has 130,000 miles on it. I looked at where the timing belt is and the gears are turning.
 
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happened to my mom...

hit a pothole and vibration turned off fuel pump. I think you gotta remove the panels inside of hatchback to find it...

also, timing belt went. You can take off oil cap and have someone turn the motor. If the valves aren't lifting then it is the belt.
 
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Originally Posted by mrbuds1
my car has 130,000 miles on it. I looked at where the timing belt is and the gears are turning.
Both gears or just the crankshaft gear? Engine dying 'while driving' is symptom of broke timing belt, not fuel pump.
 
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...You can take off oil cap and have someone turn the motor. If the valves aren't lifting then it is the belt.
On the 1.9s it's pretty easy to take the valve cover off look also
 
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i found the fuel cut-off switch and it was pushed in. i also took off the timing belt cover and the timing belt was still on. i don't know what it could be now.
 
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Ignition Module

I'm more familiar with trucks but engine just dying like that could be a bad ignition module they do go out after that many miles..
 
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OK then
Start from the begining
First things first

Does it turn over, but won't run?
Then:
A) Check for spark at the plugs
The safest way is one of those spark testers from the autp parts store

B) Check for fuel
Depending on which engine you have, you might have a schrader valve (looks like a bike tire air thingie) to hook up a Fuel Pressure Gauge to, or sometimes listening will help...turn the key to "run" but not "start" and have someone listen at the fuel filler cap (cap off) for a hum
No hum=no pump on=bad pump, relay, or fuse

Or does it not turn over?
If so:
Does it click or make any noise at all?
 
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Escort died

when i turn over the engine the valves don't move. could it be the timing belt? or is it something else.
 
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timing belt

Valves do not move is a timing belt.Also does it sound like the starter is spinning a little fast?Sometimes the belt will still be on but the cogs are ripped off giving the apperance that it is ok.
 

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Originally Posted by mrbuds1
when i turn over the engine the valves don't move
It is absolutely the timing belt
A good DIY if that doesn't scare you
Hand tools only and the engine stays in the car
I'd recommend a manual or if autozone.com has the procedure print it out

I once did one of these (now I'm still assuming this is the 1.9) on the side of the road.
Main Street
In front of the Post Office
After a while you don't even hear the honking anymore...lol
 
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