94 ford escort not getting fuel?

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Hi all, I have a 94 escort 1.9 L. It appears not to be getting fuel. My wife had just drove it with no problems, I went to leave to work about 20 mins later and it wouldn't start. The motor turns over with no problem. I have a driveway that is about a mile long and right now lot's of snow...The bottom of the car rubs the whole way on the snow. (just thought that info maybe helpful) I pressed the little tire valve looking thing under the hood to see if gas would come out, none did. That's way i believe it's not getting fuel. I'm thinking maybe it's the fuel pump. But to be honest i've never heard the pump before. Is it located in the gas tank? When i get home from work today i'm going to turn the key on and stick my head in the trunk and see if i hear anything. Would you guys say i'm on the right track here?

Like i said i don't know much about cars :( so any input would be much Appreciated!

Thanks, Freedom420

posted by  Freedom420

Either no fuel or no spark - check both.

posted by  pshisbey

Are you sure pshisbey? If the timing belt is broken (not a diagnosis) it will still get fuel and spark but won't start. More thought, less typing.

If we're quite confident it's has zero fuel pressure, have we checked the inertia switch? It's a Ford after all.

posted by  vwhobo

You may want to check the iginition module (TPI? I think). It is located on the distributor and we had a similar problem with a couple of other fords and this is what it was.

This module not only regulates the spark it also send the computer a "signal" to allow the fuel injectors to open. When they go out the car wont start.

Ford had a many big lawsuits over this part but has profitted some 3 billion dollars by not fixing the problem.

Just a thought!

Good luck!

Mark Kaiser
kaiserscorner@juno.com

posted by  kaiserscorner

I had the same problem with the same make and model of car look in the trunk and on the left hand side behind the carpet inside the firewall is a emergency shutoff switch push and hold the button for a few secs and hope that does the trick all it took was a small bump to trigger mine. I pushed it and fixed it instantly hope this helps:thumbs:

posted by  bipolarjoe

If you read the thread, you'd see that I also asked about the inertia switch over two months ago. He didn't respond to me, so don't hold your breath.

posted by  vwhobo

Closer to 14 months ago :laughing:

posted by  chris_knows

lol...Oh man...I was too late hehe. Hobo's usually hot on the tale of threads "this" old :laughing:

posted by  Cliffy

Question...if the timing belt was broken wouldn't it seriously screw up the engine since the pistons would be hitting the valves since the valves don't open or close?

posted by  Golddragoner

I'm pretty sure the 1.9L Escort was an interference engine, so the pistons would hit the valves.

posted by  chris_knows

Thats what I thought...so if vwhobo's suggestion was right, then I think the guy would have known because his engine would be completely screwed up and he would hear a big loud sound come from it

posted by  Golddragoner

Stop right there. I DID NOT suggest that the timing belt was broken. DO NOT put words into my mouth. I was giving an example of another reason that the engine may not start.

Now, would you like to tell me when you ever heard an engine snap a timing belt and have "a big loud sound come from it"? I betcha can't because it doesn't. Think, type, submit.

posted by  vwhobo

ok maybe not big loud sound, but it would definitly screw up an engine like this since its an interference. Now how about replying in my thread about my problem :)

posted by  Golddragoner

Assumption #2. The '94 1.9 IS NOT and interference engine. And you give people on this forum advice. SCARY! :banghead:

posted by  vwhobo

And how was I supposed to know? read up...I didn't assume it, someone told me..

posted by  Golddragoner

And then you assumed that they were correct. Either way, it's your responsibility for making an assumption. Instead of blindly listening to others, maybe you should exert some effort learning something for yourself.

posted by  vwhobo

the last 4 timing belts ive installed on the 1.9L were not interference, heres a question for anyone....chev lumina with the 3.4L dohc is it or isn't it an interference fit motor?

posted by  BanffAutoSpa_ap

Well... one of the great mysteries of our universe. According to GM, AllData and Mitchell1, the '91-'95 models are non-interference and the '96-'97 models are interference. According to Gates, all of them are interference. I have personally seen some earlier engines make contact and others not, but only after the heads have been removed and (I believe) resurfaced after an overheat. I guess that what I'm saying is that the early engines are sort of hit and miss, which is why they're technically non-interference but Gates considers them to be. I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry. It's cheaper to replace that belt every 60k miles than to find out the hard way.

posted by  vwhobo

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