Replaced fuel filter, car won't start

Asked by Apr 22, 2017 at 08:37 PM about the 1996 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My '96 Ford Escort recently cut out while I
was driving it. Upon finding that the fuel filter  
was extremely clogged, I replaced it, thinking  
that to be the issue. But now it still won't
start.

7 Answers

85,565

Try spraying a little bit of starting fluid into the throttle body to see if it fires up. If the engine does start and die off, then it is a good indication that the fuel pump is bad.

Did that, still wouldn't start

85,565

If spraying starting fluid into the throttle bode did not start the engine, then there is a spark issue. Check for spark.

31,755

check engine light come on...? fuel shooting out at rail/intake? pressurs > 1994 – 96. 41—47. 31—44

So, I did as you said, checked for spark, and there is spark.

In response to Kelly: no; no; and I have no way of measuring the pressure, but seems low based on what I can tell

85,565

So does it start when putting some starting fluid or gas into the throttle body?

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer:

Escort

Looking for a Used Escort in your area?

CarGurus has 206 nationwide Escort listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Ford Escort Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,110
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    940
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    470
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang
303 Great Deals out of 40,193 listings starting at $1,312
Used Honda Civic
488 Great Deals out of 44,847 listings starting at $1,150
Used Ford Explorer
926 Great Deals out of 70,971 listings starting at $1,275
Used Ford Fiesta
136 Great Deals out of 17,378 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Camry
863 Great Deals out of 71,819 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford F-150
2,357 Great Deals out of 199,530 listings starting at $1,300
Used Toyota Corolla
728 Great Deals out of 64,330 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Taurus
208 Great Deals out of 16,267 listings starting at $600
Used Honda Accord
728 Great Deals out of 103,269 listings starting at $999

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.