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98 FORD ESCORT ZX2

My 98 ford escort died driving down the road - acting like outta gas..
We installed new fuel pump, new filter, new pressure regulator switch. Getting gas to plugs but still won't start.

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  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    i have the same thing i was going down the road and the car died and wont start now

  • blueyedtrubb Mar 08, 2009

    driving down road. dies. new filter, check feul flow, nada. before i waste time and money replacing everything in series...where do i start?

  • bob_caretti Mar 09, 2009

    Mine will drive 60 -80 miles. Restarted once after sitting overnight. Last time wouldn't after 3 hours. Going back to it tomorrow hopefully I can get it home.

    Where is the fuel filter and relay located please?

  • rcareallysuc Mar 16, 2009

    Same with our finally got it towed home had three different mach. look at it all said the same thing timing belt cracked the engine

  • Anonymous Apr 06, 2009

    driving car and it suddenly died--car will turn over but wont start

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1998 ford escort sport engine started making a tapping noise and engine light started flashing. Had oil and water at normal level.
Car has 110,000 miles. Been serviced regularly!

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My Escort did something like that. It kept Idling real bad and had a hard time starting. I don't know if thats the same thing your experiencing, but I fixed it by replacing the PCV valve and cleaning the breather line.

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Its electrical.  i had to replace two circuits (paid the mechanic for that) when mine did the exact same thing

Posted on Apr 27, 2009

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  • travis Aug 11, 2011

    i have the same probiem with my car.iv changed coil,plugs,timming belt,computer and fuel pump and still no go so i was just wondering what 2 circuits did u change.

  • Tina Skorik Sep 05, 2012

    What two circuits?! I'm in the exact same boat.

  • natem Aug 01, 2013

    I got the same issue. The problem is that the fuel air mix is off the circuits are controlled by the Mass Air Flow Sensor and the Idle Air Control Valve / sensor combo. The parts are about 100 bucks each. I recommend buying the cars manual Haynes #36020 it has helped a great deal. the hard part is cleaning all the carbon deposits out of the system.

  • natem Aug 01, 2013

    you might want to look into cleaning your egr valve and tube as well cleaner is about 6 to 10 bucks pending were you get it. Throttle body / air intake cleaner also found cleaning your mass air sensor with mass air flow cleaner 7.98 at autozone may help before you drop a 100 on the replacement sensor.

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Sounds like originaly a coil??now the plugs are soaked!replace them! you must have check eng lite on! OBD 2 scan said what fault code??

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You haven't flooded the engine correct, check the spark plugs. Also, how fresh is the gas? Try shaking the car to get the gas mixed up and try cleaning out the cylinders with a torch to blow out excess gas. You should also either try cleaning the spark plugs or replace them if they look bad. It is starting up fine, correct? The alternator is good, right? I believe it is since it sounds like you didn't drive it long enough to drain the battery but check it anyway. By losing power, did the electronics start shutting off first or did the engine die first as this would show whether the alternator is bad or not. Please answer my questions and get back to me on what shut off first when it died and I will help you narrow down the problem with this car.

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