why wont my 2000 ford escort run

Asked by Aug 15, 2016 at 11:54 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought a 2000 ford escort with 117000
miles and the guy i bought it from said it
was a stuck valve and was easy to fix turns
out the valves are fine .I was wondering if it
could be rod barrens or the timing .it starts
but only runa for about 30 secs???

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You need 3 things for it to run. Fuel, spark, and compression. To find out what's missing, try spraying some starting fluid down the throttle body. See if it'll run on the starting fluid. If so, it's a fuel problem. You'll need to check if the fuel pump is coming on. Turn on the ignition key but don't try to start it. You should be able to hear the fuel pump running for a few seconds. If not, it could be the fuel pump shut off switch in the trunk (inertia switch). Try resetting it. Could be the fuse for the fuel pump. It could be the fuel pump relay. Or it could be the fuel pump itself. You can try putting a few gallons of gas in the tank too. Maybe the gas gauge is not working correctly. If it won't run on the starting fluid it's either an ignition (no spark) problem or a no compression problem. If you have no or very little compression on all cylinders the valve timing is off. For future reference a stuck valve is not an easy or cheap fix! If you have the 1.8 engine and the valve timing is off it's safe to assume that the heads and valves are damaged. If you have the 1.9 engine you can reset the valve timing, replace the timing belt, and water pump, and you'll be on your way again, no problem. These are very good cars overall. HTH. -Jim

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