Won't start

Asked by Sep 03, 2016 at 04:22 AM about the 1999 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Replaced timing belt everything is lined up top
dead center car still won't start

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There are so many OTHER reasons a car won’t start. It could be a weak battery, corroded cables, main starter relay, no gas because of either no gas in the tank, or the fuel pump isn’t working properly, or it has a clogged fuel filter. It could be a bad spark plug, bad plug wire, or a combination of the two, carburetor choke, water in the distributor cap, bad points, bad injectors, accelerator pump, timing, broken timing belt, engine is flooded, a vacuum leak, or even a bad temperature sensor, or a combination of some or all of these. A blown head gasket will also prevent your car from starting if the engine is a four cylinder with two dead cylinders.

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