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My girlfriend has a 1993 ford escort wagon, 1.9 L SEFI, while driving in city traffic yesterday she noticed the temp guage, while sitting at red lights, would start to show a rise in temperature, almost into the red zone , but while driving would come back down toward normal. after a while the car stalled and would not restart. i checked the coolent level and it appeared to be ok. as best as i could tell ( in other words, there was coolent in the plastic reservoir, it's hard to tell where the hot and cold marks are) it has an electric fan i'm not sure if it was working or not, we had the car towed to the house, even after sitting all night it still won't start. i'm assuming it has a computer, did that shut it down ? and now needs to be reset? it did not appear to me that it got hot enough to fry the engine. any help ? thank you

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  • jbuss40 Sep 04, 2010

    yes, she was using the air conditioner

  • jbuss40 Sep 04, 2010

    answer to your question- yes she was using the air conditioner

  • jbuss40 Sep 04, 2010

    yes bunnydawg, she was using the air conditionere at the time. does that make a difference?

  • jbuss40 Sep 05, 2010

    bunnydawg, yes i removed the positive cable for about 20 minutes to no avail, still will not start

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First was she using the air conditioner at the time. and to reset the computer unhook the battery for about 15 to 20 minutes. try to start it then. if the radio is of the anti-theft variety make sure you know the code and how to enter it before you unhook the battery.

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    Roberta Smith Sep 04, 2010

    when she uses the a/c there is a second fan that should come on full time, if the fan isn't working it may overheat in that fashion. have you tried to reset the computer ?

  • avery d sanders Sep 15, 2013

    first things first, if car doesn,t start get a compession tester to check compression on all 4 clyinder, they sure be the same ,if not possible headgasket

  • avery d sanders Sep 15, 2013

    it,s cheaper to buy 20 dollar compression tester to check,than waste money other stuff: you need fuel,spark and compression to start the car,compression reading could be sligthly differ

  • avery d sanders Sep 15, 2013

    i mean compression can vary ,but you can have two cylinder with 0 compression and start car

  • avery d sanders Sep 15, 2013

    you can,t can,t have two cylinder with 0 compression and start car ????

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