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Hard to start

I have a 1998 Ford Escort that I changed the wires and plugs a few months ago and just changed the fuel filter but sometimes it still starts hard could the PCV Valve be the problem

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  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    yes I use 87 octane and no I have not tested the fuel pressure I have no idea how to do that is it easy or do I have to have it done

  • Ken Apr 16, 2009

    yes I use 87 octane and no I have not tested the fuel pressure I have no idea how to do that is it easy or do I have to have it done

  • MSHAW290808M May 11, 2010

    I have 1998 escort and when you say it is hard to start how hard do you mean? Ford does have a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) for this car on hard starting. It says that it is okay for this car to be hard starting, it will not hurt anything, just don't push on the gas pedal while trying to start it. My hard starting comes and goes, some times starts on the first crank, some times it starts on the 4 or 5 crank. When I first got the car it was more severe and even though the TSB said not to push on the gas pedal to get it going a few times it would only start if I put the gas pedal 1/4 the way down. I have not had to do this in years though.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    U will need to buy a fuel pressure tester, if u want to do that let me know and I will explain what to do.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Are u using 87 octane fuel? have u tested the fuel pressure to make sure the pressure stays up after shutdown?



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When you first get into the car, turn the key on all the way till all the lights come on on the dash, but not far enough to start it , wait a minute, then crank it over, if it starts right up, then it is a fuel pressure problem, possibly your fuel pump. if it still wont start right up, your fuel lines from the tank may be clogged.

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