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I have a 98 ford escort zx2 that died on me the other day

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I have a 98 ford escort zx2 that died on me the other day while I was driving, it would start up again and run but very rough I but one gas line anti Freeze in and it fixed the problem untill the next morning I drove the car home from a friend house when I got home I parked the car and it wouldn't start, now it will only start every once in a while but when it starts it runs fine, it has spark and compression and I tested the fuel pump and it works but when I go to start the car I can't hear it go on. I'm thinking there's a bad connection somewhere between the battery and the pump but could it be a plugged fuel line causing pressure build up so the pump doesn't think it had to turn on? Any ideas?
JA: Did you test the battery with a voltmeter? And have you ever changed one before?
Customer: I haven't tested the battery but it turns over just fine and all the electronics in the car work fine as well and no I have not but I was told by the previous owner the pump was changed by a shop about a year ago
JA: Are you fixing your Escort ZX2 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes I am and I've tested spark, compression and removed the fuel pump and tested it from a 12v source and it worked fine
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: The fuel filter is not plugged I checked it and also when the pump was still in the car after I tested to see if it would turn on when I tried to start the car (which it did not)the line leaving the pump had no pressure or gas in it so I left for about 30 min and when I came back I in plugged the line and it had pressure in it and gas poured out, also when I started the car with the pump hooked up and the fuel filter out of the car no gas came out of the line that is in the engine bay
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 month ago.

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When you are getting no fuel have you checked to see if at that time the pump is or is not getting power and ground?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No but how would I do that? Just use a volt tester while the car is on?
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 month ago.

You would use a volt meter on the wires to the pump, but you need to do so when you have the key on and you are not getting fuel pressure and it will not start to see if this is why the car will not start, no power or ground?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No power at the pump... but the fuse isn't blown and I don't see any bad wires around the pump
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 month ago.

Here are the wire diagrams.

When the key is on and there is no power to the pump can you confirm if there is or is not power to the inertia switch so we can see if we need to diagnose the pump driver module or the relay?

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
far I agree, I'll give u 5 stars! But can you send me the diagrams in in another format then dropbox? My phone's having trouble opening them
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 month ago.

On your phone in the top right it should say direct download so you can open the files without the app. Also they will upload on a PC.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I got the diagram, and I will check if it has power tomorrow morning
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 month ago.


Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 month ago.

Hello Chris here again,

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Thanks Chris