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1995 Ford Escort rotates but won't start


I have a 1995 Ford Escort and a couple of weeks ago it cut off on me on the road and since than it rotates, but won't start. The fuel pump, fuel filter, and fuses were checked and are running good. I have been trying to find out why it doesn't start and to this day, I am still puzzeld about it. Any advice you have will be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks....

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  • maxell7037 Jun 02, 2009

    Hi ,

    This is a 1995 Ford Escort 1.9Liter, 4 cylinder....Hope this helps!!!!


  •  Tim
    Tim Feb 27, 2012

    Try resetting your inertia switch before you waist your time with all that other stuff. Right rear inner wheel well in cargo area. Push the button.



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I need to know what the engine size is before i can give proper information.

What liter is this engine and, what size?

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 02, 2009

    Ok, i haven't received a response about the engine size so, i will start by suggesting to inspect all the components below concerning this issue you are having at this time. Inspect thoroughly and replace any component that is faulty.

    Ignition Coil
    The ignition coil transforms the primary
    voltage (battery voltage) into approximately 28,000 volts on its
    secondary circuit each time it receives an Ignition Diagnostic Monitor
    (IDM) signal from the ignition module.
    Ignition Module
    The ignition module receives spark output signal from the PCM and grounds the coil negative side to fire the spark plugs.
    addition to a rotor, the distributor houses the Crankshaft Position
    (CKP) sensor and Cylinder Identification (CID) sensor on 1991-93
    models, or the Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor on 1994-96 models. The
    distributor, with the exception of cap and rotor replacement, is not
    serviceable. If it is faulty, it must be replaced (along with its
    built-in sensors) as a unit.
    Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor
    1991-93 models, the CKP sensor is located in the distributor assembly.
    On 1994 and later models, the CKP sensor is located behind the
    crankshaft pulley. The CKP sensor sends a signal to the PCM to indicate
    crankshaft speed.
    Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor
    The CMP sensor is located in the distributor. This sensor informs the PCM of camshaft position.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 02, 2009

    When the engine is in the starting mode, crankshaft position and engine
    rpm are sensed by the CKP sensor. Piston travel information is sensed
    by the CID or CMP sensor. The PCM then signals the ignition module,
    telling it when to fire the coil. The module controls the current
    through the ignition primary winding by turning the current ON
    between firing points to build up a magnetic field around the coil windings. It then turns the current
    upon a signal from the pulse generator and the pickup coil. Once the current is turned
    , the field collapses and a high voltage pulse is transmitted to the
    central terminal in the distributor cap, and through the rotor to the
    distributor cap terminal for the respective spark plug to fire.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 02, 2009

    This is a brief description of the 1.9L engine. This build differs from the above engine that is a 1.8L. the 1.8L is a distributor based ignition system and the 1.9L is a distributorless ignition system.

    1991-96 Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer models equipped with the 1.9L
    engine use a high data rate Electronic Distributorless Ignition System
    (EDIS). This ignition system is controlled by an EDIS ignition control
    module and the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) operating in union. The
    system is designed to deliver a full energy spark at a crank angle
    selected by the PCM. This system is a modified version of the
    Distributorless Ignition System (DIS). The EDIS consists of a
    Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor, an EDIS ignition control module, PCM
    and a coil pack.
    The CKP sensor is a variable reluctance type
    sensor triggered by a 36-minus-1 trigger wheel configuration pressed
    onto the rear of the crankshaft damper. The signal generated by this
    sensor provides engine position rpm to the ignition control module.

    The EDIS ignition control module receives the information on engine
    position and rpm from the CKP sensor and desired spark advance from the
    PCM. The module then uses this information to direct which coil to
    activate, as well as to calculate the TURN ON
    TURN OFF times of
    the coils required to achieve the correct dwell and spark advance. The
    module also generates a Profile Ignition Pick-up (PIP) signal and an
    Ignition Diagnostic Monitor (IDM) signal for use by the PCM. The module
    signals the PCM of signal failures through the IDM. The PCM then stores
    this information as trouble codes. A Clean Tach Output (CTO) signal is
    also provided to drive the tachometer.
    The ignition coil pack contains two separate ignition
    coils which are controlled by the EDIS module through two ignition coil
    leads. Each coil activates sparks plugs at two cylinders
    simultaneously. While one plug is active on the compression stroke, the
    companion plug is active on the exhaust stroke. At the next engine
    revolution, this process will reverse. The plug that activates on the
    exhaust stroke uses very little of the coil's stored energy. The
    majority of the coil's energy is used by the plug active on the
    compression stroke. Because these two plugs are connected in series,
    the firing voltage of one plug is negative with respect to ground, and
    the other plug is positive with respect to ground.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 02, 2009

    I recommend inspecting the areas above for faults. replace any device or part that is not working properly.

    Inspect Distributor Cap Distributor Cap Cracked or Burned.

    Inspect Coil - Ignition Faulty Ignition Coil.

    Inspect Wireset Worn, Damaged or Faulty Spark Plug Wire(s).

    Inspect Spark Plug Incorrectly Gapped or Fouled Spark Plug(s).

    Inspect Relay - Fuel Pumpat Faulty Fuel Pump Relay.

    Inspect Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator Faulty Fuel Injector Pressure Regulator.

    Inspect Fuel Injector Dirty or Worn Fuel Injectors.

    Inspect Fuel Pump Strainer Clogged or Dirty Fuel Pump Strainerat.

    Inspect Distributor Worn, Loose, or Incorrectly Installed Distributor.
    Inspect Engine Control Computer Incorrect Operating Information Being Delivered and Sent From The EEC.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 03, 2009

    OK, This is a Spark test and preliminary test procedure. follow carefully to test the coils and pack for life.


    1. Visually inspect the engine compartment to ensure that all vacuum lines and spark plug wires are properly routed and securely connected.

    2. Be certain that the battery is fully charged and that all accessories are OFF during the diagnosis.

    A simple way to check for proper ignition system operation is the secondary spark test. If however, this test fails to show a spark, the individual components of the system must be tested. Refer to the different components in this section for their testing procedures.


    Always turn the key OFF and isolate both ends of a circuit whenever testing for short or continuity.

    Always disconnect solenoids and switches from the harness before measuring for continuity, resistance or energizing by way of a 12 volt source.

    Electronic modules are sensitive to static electrical charges. If the module is exposed to these charges, damage may result.

    Before performing any component testing, check for and if necessary repair the following:

    Damaged, fouled, improperly seated or gapped spark plug

    Damaged or improperly engaged electrically connections, spark plug wires etc.

    Discharged battery

    Blown fuses


    The best way to perform this procedure is to use a spark tester (available at most automotive parts stores). Two types of spark testers are commonly available. The Neon Bulb type is connected to the spark plug wire and flashes with each ignition pulse. The Air Gap type must be adjusted to the individual spark plug gap specified for the engine. This type of tester allows the user to not only detect the presence of spark, but also the intensity (orange/yellow is weak, blue is strong).

    1. Disconnect a spark plug wire at the spark plug end.

    2. Connect the plug wire to the spark tester and ground the tester to an appropriate location on the engine.

    3. Crank the engine and check for spark at the tester.

    4. If spark exists at the tester, the ignition system is functioning properly.

    5. If spark does not exist at the wire, test the ignition coil, and other ignition system related components or wiring. Repair or replace components as necessary.

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Jun 03, 2009

    Here is a snapshot of your ignition system(1.9L). your issue will be in one or all the follow parts.



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