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1989 Ford Escort 1.9 TBI turns over but won't start. It is getting spark and plenty of gas. Timing belt is tight and did not jump time.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    if it is getting spark and gas and valve timing is right then it has run, u are not getting something right here. Check again.

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I agree ... I think you are missing something..a quick shot of starting fluid in the air intake to ck' for fuel issue,.then make sure you have good spark at the plugs,.make sure it has not jumpd time...all engs. need fuel and spark/ign.-- OH ,and do a quick compression ck'...a flooded eng. could wash the cyl. walls to get no/little comp.,..squirt alittle oil/ATF in the spark plug holes,turn over acouple revolutions,re-ck' comp...good luck...kev-mn.

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Open the oil fill cap look inside (the hole in the valve cover ), is the camshaft turning? if not the cogs are stripped off the timing belt belt
note:i believe this engine is an interfearence engine. meaning when the cogs strip off the belt or it breaks, the valves can and usually do

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