Car quit running while being driven, now won't start

Asked by Sep 12, 2017 at 12:36 PM about the 2002 Ford Escort

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a used 2002 Ford Escort. I added
coolant day I got it and have kept an eye
on fluids since. It started overheating and I
added more coolant. 3 days later it quit
running while I was driving. It now won't
start although you can hear it trying.
Mechanic says it doesn't have enough
compresaion and I seized the engine
because of "coolant leaking out" although I
haven't seen sifns of a leak. What could
the problem be?

2 Answers

5,515

Based on your description, sounds like an internal coolant leak from a blown head gasket or crack in the engine or head. Was there any smoke or steam from the exhaust? Also check the oil, if it is white or milky, definitely a bad head gasket or internal leak.

No smoke or steam in exhaust and oil looks like good oil.

Your Answer:

Ford Escort Experts

  • #1
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    1,020
  • #2
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    520
  • #3
    diyfixer
    Reputation
    430
View All

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.