help with 90 ford escort!!!!!

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by countrygirlinnc, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. Can anyone please help with a question about a 1990 Ford Escort? The car cut off whike idling and will not restart! Thanks, countrygirlnc
  2. Yankee1

    Yankee1 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2003
    Check the coil. may be due to no spark

  3. Ole Man Legrand

    Ole Man Legrand Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2003
    If it has spark,it could be the fuel pump. Put a spoonful of gas in the intake and see if it tries to run. I had to put a fuel pump on my 95 Ford Tarus that did the same thing.
  4. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

    Oct 12, 2003
    sounds like the timing belt may be broken.
  5. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    First see if you are getting fuel and spark. We really dont have enough info. If I had to make a wild stab in the dark, would guess fuse for fuel pump since it seems to have happened all of a sudden. Next if you have zillion miles, I'd say fuel pump itself. ( I am assuming this car is fuel injected with electric fuel pump.) I really am not familiar with '90 Escort and not sure if its second generation 80s style with Ford engine or the later Mazda design(clone of Mazda323/protege). Mazda 323 around this year came both as carb and fuel injected so if its Mazda version, just possible its carb with mechanical pump. Sure could be timing belt but unlikely for it to go at idle. They usually go while you are driving down the road and they are under more stress.

    Any other symptoms or did this just happen out of the blue?

    Ok, google search is difficult since Ford has used Escort name worldwide for several years on several different cars. Here is a quote from an article on '91-'95 Escort in Canada (clone of Mazda323) :

    A short in the fuel pump wiring on the 1991 to '95 Escorts may result a loss of fuel delivery and cause the engine to stall. A Ford dealer will install a fused jumper harness in the circuit, at no charge, on vehicles included in this recall.

    Remember this is a Canadian recall so whether US version had same recall, I dont know. Your local Ford dealer should be able to tell you.
  6. FrankTheTank

    FrankTheTank Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2003
    I had a 92 with the 1.9 for a couple years. I'll second the broken timing belt. I had one break when i was @ an intersection, it had right around 100K miles whn it snapped. Should be a plastic cover over it on the side of the motor. Its a cheap part, but a somewhat expensive fix depending on who fixes it.