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Engine will not start!!!

My 93 Ford Escort will not start, I have changed the ecm and it stil will not start, ..Prior to this the engine had new head gasket put in it along with new plugs and distributer pack, new cam sensor and crank sensor along with a new timing belt, several 100 mile later it started to sputter on acceleration then backfire threw the carb, rechecked the plugs and replaced spark plug wires, did not solve the problem. It overheated on drive and just stopped and shorted out the starter then, smoke billowed out from along the rigth side of th engine. new starter now i cannot get her to start, Replaced radiator then ecm and still no start. have good fuel pressure and spark. does not drag when trying to start. just turns over. check engine light is on, and the speedo does not work..any Idea's???? Help!!!

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  • shadow919 Feb 11, 2009

    I checked the timing and it is oem spec's

  • shadow919 Feb 11, 2009

    where is the reset for the fuel pump???

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    passenger side near top of carpet pad close to hump, push the button.

  • Shadow Gilbert
    Shadow Gilbert May 11, 2010

    Are you able to get the engine to fire in any way? or is it just the starter turning it over?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U have wasted allot of time and money on guessing, u could have had the dealer fix it by now for most likely less money, do u even have a factory manual? a note about the PCM (powertrain control module), they fail like once in a double blue moon, in 10 years i have replaced 3 at the Ford dealer I work at.

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Was the timing belt changed, since it overheated the cam may have gotten tight and the belt might have jumped 2-3 teeth and you still would have a spark and fuel pressure.

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  • tim Feb 11, 2009

    did you check the fuel pump and the fuel pump reset button to make sure the pump is running. does it have a spark? if it overheated make sure it has compression in all cylinders because those engines are sensitive to overheating and the headgasket burns between cylinders very easy. is there any device wired in under the dash recently, if so disconnect it and try to start the car. i had people wire in things and tied into certain wires that go to the computer.

  • tim Feb 12, 2009

    you said you have pump pressure so thats ok but the reset is either in the front right side kick panel or in the rear on either side it is a red button. when it over heated was the head gasket changed after that happened, because if it was not changed it is possible that the gasket burned between the cylinders in which case it will never start. do a compression test on all 4 cylinders but take all the spark plugs out and test one cylinder at a time. should be at least 120 or more.

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