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Re: 1989 ford escort won't start
No spark and/or no gas.
Spark is controlled by the coil, iignition module, distributor (cap and rotor) and plugs and wires.
Almost every time it will be the ignition module which is screwed to the side of the distributor and has a few wires coming out of it (about 6 wires, can't remember)
To verify the spark, by a spark tester at any auto parts store and test the spark by using the NO.1 plug wire. Be careful because if u have the 1.9 H.O. engine, it runs at roughly 35 000 volts and i kid u not. As for no gas, either tank is empty (which i'm sure u checked) or bad fuel pump or fuel pump fuse.
Also verify firstly in hte trunk there's a fuel pump cut off switch. It's a reset for in case an accident happens, it turns off the fuel pump. I believe it's on the drivers side in the trunk on the side wall.If i remember there's an acces panel there in the trunk. Start by checking this first, then fuses.
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if all you did was this...and and put a new battery in and still wont start...if you have went thru your plugs..wires..distributor..ignition coil...made sure your getting spark..if not..check your relays and fuses..preferebly one that deals with spark and timing for injectors..if everything is fine to that point...then try a crankshaft position sensor...it tells the pcm timing for fuel injectors and fire to the ignition coil...hopefully this helps.
check your silinoid and you battery connection if there is any cerotion on it clean it and try and rent one of advances car computer programers and check under your stering wheel there should be a plugin there
Sounds like the battery is dead.
You can try a jump start and see if the car will start. If it does I wouldn't have any issue with replacing the battery and see what happens.
You can also measure battery voltage with a voltmeter. You should see 12 volts with the key off, on, or cranking. If the battery voltage is not 12 volts than it is dead or low on charge.
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immobilsor has come on so only course of action is to call a specialist auto locksmith or the dealer to release the immobilisor ,have you lost the chip out of the key?? have a look and try the spare key
turn on your headlights ,then turn key like your going to try and start the engine and see if the headlights dim dramatically, then you'll know if you have a good connection to starter from battery, then check chg on new battery