1998 ford escort zx2 wont start

Asked by Feb 01, 2014 at 11:12 PM about the 1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

friend has a 98 escort zx2 was running but not now...he said he was driving and it dies at stop light he turned key off then started back up, did this 3 more times that day and then the next day while driving died and would not start...I have checked fuel pressure at the key on position it is 60 psi...spark to all 4 cylinders,would not attempt to start off starting fluid.....timing belt is intact, not sure if it has jumped time or a compression issue.....hoping something simple that I may have overlooked,,,any help is appreciated

5 Answers

115,865

Possibly dirty or faulty idle air control valve. Could also be egr stuck open.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
355

I've seen a loss of vacuum due to a hose pop off (like pcv) cause stumble and running problems. Have that checked... When my alternator died it did like yours after the battery ran down.

355

BTW, ZX2's are DOHC 2.0L Zetec engine and do not have an EGR valve... The Ford engineers designed it so that timing is changed on the exhaust cam to account for emissions such that the EGR valve was not necessary..

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
20,675

Spray some starting fluid in air filter box and see if it runs for a few seconds. You may have fuel pressure but the injectors aren't pulsing.

115,865

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IovufM6dlpc -- check this out. This guy had same car and problem and after changing lots of stuff found the issue to be pcv valve and hose. He replaced the damaged/faulty pcv valve and hose and it runs good now.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Escort

Looking for a Used Escort in your area?

CarGurus has 278 nationwide Escort listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Ford Escort Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,040
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    880
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    430
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Focus
789 Great Deals out of 57,535 listings starting at $1,900
Used Ford Mustang
564 Great Deals out of 36,556 listings starting at $1,500
Used Honda Civic
737 Great Deals out of 65,158 listings starting at $1,350
Used Ford Explorer
1,092 Great Deals out of 70,940 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Corolla
903 Great Deals out of 60,293 listings starting at $850
Used Ford Taurus
224 Great Deals out of 14,860 listings starting at $1,850
Used Ford Fiesta
190 Great Deals out of 17,210 listings starting at $2,599
Used Ford F-150
2,857 Great Deals out of 212,987 listings starting at $1,295
Used Honda Accord
1,106 Great Deals out of 65,894 listings starting at $561
Used Ford Ranger
175 Great Deals out of 5,445 listings starting at $1,250

Used Cars For Sale

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.