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You are in the Ford Escort Wagon
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Ford Escort, Engine, Wagon
#156 of 178 Re: starting problems [shootingstar1]
Jan 13, 2011 (8:30 am)
Please clarify "turn over," because different people connote that phrase differently. Do you mean that the starter fails to operate, or that it does operate but the engine does not fire?
If the starter is not operating, it could be a bad ground or a bad solenoid. To check the ground, follow the negative battery cable to its terminus and make sure the connections are tight, as well as verifying that the cable is in good condition (no fraying at the connections, no corrosion). Sometimes, if the solenoid is going bad, you can tap the side of the starter with a hammer or mallet (lightly) while someone else is holding the ignition to "start," and it will engage. If you don't have someone to help you, you can also try tapping it, then attempting to start, but it might not be as effective.
Another possibility is that the ignition itself has a bad connection, but I would check the other two possibilities first.
#157 of 178 Re: 93 escort idle problem [d_rock]
Jan 15, 2011 (12:45 pm)
run a compression check on it because my escort kinda does the same but i have a dead cyl. because of a bent valve in the head. hope this helps.
#158 of 178 95 escort wont start
Feb 05, 2011 (1:29 pm)
95 ford Escort turns over but wont start. I checked the fuel and replaced the filter, gas is flowing and i pulled the spark pluggs and there is spark. But wont start..
Also as i was driving home the car just died and only turns over or start. The past month or so sometimes it would turn over for a few sec before starting and others it would fire right up.. Anyone have ideas??
Aug 25, 2011 (11:11 am)
I'm not sure that is what the OP had in mind when he said, "My escort won't start."
#162 of 178 Re: loud knocking [dadgenius]
Mar 01, 2012 (12:00 pm)
Sorry, but you are likely another of the many victims of Ford's 2.0 SPI engine's dreaded "Dropped #4 valve Seat". Google it, if you have a strong stomach.
#163 of 178 Re: ford 97 2.0 [roberto7503]
Mar 01, 2012 (12:08 pm)
The problem with the 'dropped valve seat' is that when it happens, bits of metal from the damaged seat can get sucked back into the intake manifold, and unless it gets cleaned extremely (like rinsed out with a garden hose!) well before reassembly, leftover metal bits can drop from the intake into the newly repaired engine cylinders and damage them all over again. Google it for more bad news... Sorry. Maybe time for a Honda or Subaru?
#164 of 178 Re: Engine quit running [deerman11]
Mar 01, 2012 (12:19 pm)
Are you getting spark any of the spark plugs? These Fords are notorious for killing their coil packs, a relatively inexpensive part.
The valve clatter sounds eerily familiar to the all too common, dreaded 'Dropped Valve Seat' problem that plagues many of these 2.0 SPI engines as they approach 100k miles. Google 'Leakdown Test' to see how to determine if you have adequate compression in each of your four cylinders, and try not to get sick if you find out that your Escort just dropped chunks of its #4 valve seat into the cylinder. (Hint: if you pull the spark plugs, and find one (usually the #4) that looks mangled and/or cleanly 'sandblasted', you may need a valve job...)
#165 of 178 Re: Engine quit running [madcarpenter]
Mar 02, 2012 (5:39 am)
I just had a shop to replace the entire valve assembly to fix a 2001 SE with a valve sticking/dropping with 122K miles on it. Took about 4 weeks of Ford techs figuring our why the engine died randomly. Once it was fixed, runs like a new car. I figured since it was paid for, low taxes, teen driver insurance and gets good mpg, it was cheaper to fix it than trade it.