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1999 ford escort I changed the plugs, but broke a plug cap. Bought a generic replacement spark plug wire that had to be modified to fit into the head. I cannot get the firing order correct. The car starts and splutters. As I change wires to the cap around, no change!!! The cap is marked 2, 1, 3, 4. When I hook up that way, it splutters. I put in new plugs (same as the platinums I took out). I believe I have tried every combination. What is going on? Can the suppression H.T. wires be incompatible? Thanks for any help

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  • leonhelf Nov 15, 2010

    Thank you, Michael - I will try that tomorrow.
    What difference does the firing order make? The ignition coil is marked telling which outlet goes to which plug, so if I connect the left side plug to the outlet marked '1', the next plug to outlet marked '2', etc, I should be in good shape, correct?

  • leonhelf Nov 15, 2010

    No; that did not help.
    I now believe the ignition coil pack is out.
    If I connect connection 1 to cylinder 1 thru 4 to 4, it runs badly.
    If I disconnect cylinder 1 and cylinder 4, it runs the same (badly).
    As 1 and 4 fire simultaneously, does this indicate the coil pack is dead on 2 cylinders and needs replacing?

  • leonhelf Nov 16, 2010

    Duh! The 1999 Escort does not have a distributor cap!

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Remove the plugs from the head. Insert into the coil wires. Make sure they are properly earthed on the engine. Crank the motor and check for spark at each of the plugs.
Refer to the diagram. Cylinders are connected as shown on the diagram in blue. 1 goes to cylinder 1(sparkplug furthest from coil pack), 2 to 2, 3 to 3 and 4 to 4(closets to coil pack).
To test the coil pack use a digital volt meter. Measure resistance between coil towers for coil 1(marked 1 in red on diagram) Value should be between 12000 and 14500 ohm. Do the same for coil towers 2.
Measure resistance between I and C1. If the measurement is more than 5 ohm the coil is defective. Do the same for I to C2.
Measuring voltage at I(Ignition start/run) to ground should be 10V.
I is connected to the 15A engine fuse. The radio interference capacitor is connected between this line and earth at the coil. Disconnect it to see if it cures the problem.
C1 and C2 connect to the powertrain control module.
Bear in mind that aftermarket coil wires may cause problems with misfiring, so see if you cant find an OEM coil wire to replace the broken one before replacing anything else.

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    Rene Rossouw Nov 16, 2010

    As an afterthought switch the wires connected to coil pack 1 with those on coil pack 2. Start the car and remove either cylider 1 or 4 plug wire. If the engine dies your problem is the plug wire.

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FIRING ORDER 1 3 4 2 . YOU NEED NEW DISTRIBUTOF CAP IF YOU BROKEN THE OTHER ONE.YOU NEED TO USE SPARK PLUGS WIRES FACTORY CALL FOR YOU CANT USE 7MM HIGH ENERGY WIRES.

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  • Jonah Oneal Nov 16, 2010

    IF YOU HAVE 2.0L VINP STANDING FRONT VECHICLE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT CYLINDERS ARE 1 2 3 4 LOOKING AT DISTRIBUTOR COIL FIRST TWO COILS FACING YOU ARE LEFT TO RIGHT 4 1 AND OTHER TWO LEFT TO RIGHT 3 2 IF YOU HAVE 2.0L VIN3 IGNITION COIL PLUGS LOCATION LEFT FACING YOU ARE 4 2 AND FROM LEFT TO RIGHT 1 3 LET ME KNOW IF THIS HELP I WILL GET BACK TO YOU I WORK LONG SHIFT.

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Yes, modifying the plug wires will cause it to run poorly. Take them back and get OEM plug wires and install them. The correct firing order for your 1999 Ford Escort is:

Firing order 1-3-4-2 --- ' 1 ' front ' ' --- ' 2 ' '2 1' C of ' ' ' ' O ' 3 ' '3 4' I vehicle ' ' --- L ' 4 ' ___distributorless ignition
The correct plug gap is:
.054 (In thousandths of an inch)

The timing is set at:
10 Degrees

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  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2010

    That is correct. The firing order has to be connected correctly or the car will run poor and/or won't start.

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