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ford escort: 98 se..went bad..000 miles..wont turn

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changed timing belt on ford escort 98 se after timing belt went bad 100,000 miles but engine still wont turn over wondering if it is intercept
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Steve replied 8 years ago.
The 2.0 engine used in your Escort is not an interference engine design; in other words when the timing belt breaks the pistons and valves do not hit each other. So, no mechanical damage should have occurred when the belt failed.
     When you say it "wont turn over" do you mean that the starter is not cranking the engine over when you turn the key, or do you mean that the engine is cranking over normally but will not fire?
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
engine is cranking over but will not fire
Expert:  Steve replied 8 years ago.
YOu will need to do some testing to narrow down the cause of the no-start condition to a fuel, ignition, mechanical, or control problem.
   (1) Check for spark by placing a spare spark plug into the plug wires one at a time and watching for spark at the plug gap when the engine is being cranked.
   (2) A fuel pressure and volume measurement is needed to verify correct fuel delivery to the engine.   if fuel pressure is below normal specs, the engine will not start.
   (3) Engine compression needs to be measured using a compression gauge to determine whether there are any mechanical problems.
   (4) A scan tool will be needed to check for RPM reading through the powertrain control module.    If there is no engine RPM signal, the engine will not start.    Checking for fuel injector pulse is also a basic test for a no start condition.
    One or more of these things is not present if the engine is not starting; determining which one or combination of these basic things will give a point to determine what direction to begin testing to find the root cause of the problem.