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Car starts runs for 5 - 10 min. shuts down wont

1987 ford escort car starts runs for 5 - 10 min. shuts down wont start for 4 to 5 hours

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    car starts and after 5 min it shuts off

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    shuts down while driving,restarts after 10 min. like battery is dead.

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You'll need to determine whether your lacking spark or fuel when no start happens, do you know how to do that?

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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You may need a new ignition module (it's the plastic module attached to the distributor). Your symptoms sounds like exactly the problem I had with my 1989 Escort, and that was the fix for mine.

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Is the ignition coil getting hot? That would be the first thing I would be looking at. Swap it out for another one if you can beg steal or borrow one

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