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A. Penland, Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE
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Ford escort: 1997 ford escort 2.0 will not start. The starter

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1997 ford escort 2.0 will not start. The starter cranks, motor turns, and coil has spark. Fuel pump working and pressure is good. It had a misfire code but that is now clear. Fuse is good. timing belt looks ok.
Drove to work and car was working fine. After work went to leave and car would not start
What should I check next and what might be problem?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.
How did you check fuel pressure?You stated you have spark at the coil, but do you get spark at the spark plugs?How did you check the timing belt?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
inspected belt visually and check fuel pressure with gauge. Spark also at plug end.
Expert:  A. Penland replied 1 year ago.
Since you have spark, fuel and the timing belt is intact, you should do a manual compression test on the engine. You have two of the three components that allow an engine to start. Compression is the air, you have spark and fuel. This will evaluate the base engine mechanical.