Help with Ford Escort

Home  \  Repairs & Maintenance  \  Help with Ford Escort

My Escort quit and I don't know what to check next. I changed the spark plugs and can hear the fuel pump. What should I try next?

posted by  Grandpabob

Check for fuel.. first off make sure there's fuel in the tank, then, make sure it's getting to the engine.

posted by  88GrandPrixSE

It has fuel in the tank and it has fuel pressure. Also, replaced plug wires. It will turn over but will not start.

posted by  Grandpabob

check for spark at the plugs or coil what year and motor i might have wiring diagram to help more

posted by  osborste

It is a 2000 model.

posted by  Grandpabob

i dont have diagram for that new of escort but i do know it has a coil pack all 4 wires for the spark plugs goto did you maybe unplug the coil pack small plug with wires into harness you changed the plug wires did you do one at a time as to not mix up the firing order

posted by  osborste

Yes,I did the wires one at a time but I am not sure it isn't the coil pack. How can I check the coil pack? I am only getting a very weak spark from the coil pack which is why I think it may be bad. Do you think I should I also check the oxygen sensor? I apprecaite the help you are giving me.

posted by  Grandpabob

i dont have the right year for your escort so i'm no 100% sure the coil pack you need to check the resistance from the post to post (plug wire end)at coil you might be able to tell it might look like two seperate coils like one coil two posts if so you can check the resistance across the two post this is the secondary ignition the primary ignition you need plug that go into the coil pack you need to figure out what wire is positive the other ground and the others if any will be tach and computer signal. the o2 senser has nothing to do with starting system only fuel management(emissions)

posted by  osborste

Will do as you suggest tomorrow when I get off work.

posted by  Grandpabob

fords are famouse for the ignition modules that drive the coil assembly.they take a 7mm deep socket to replace.first,get a spark plug type high voltage checker 12 at lordco.it clips on the block.if you do not see a blue spark when the engine is cranked,its ignition.i had a 93 corolla that would not start because of a pinhole in the distributor cap.check all the obvious things first.if you have cranked the engine for a long time,some fuel systems will keep pumping fuel,drowning the plugs ,and then they do not fire when you get the high voltage back.if you spray liquid fire into the throttle body and the engine tries to start,then you have a fuel delivery problem.MAKE SURE THE HIGH VOLTAGE IS THERE.

posted by  the lobster

I assume you have checked to see that the timing belt is not broken. This is comon on FORDs.

posted by  tomlongjr

Your Message