"Ford escort: 95 ford escort died while driving and won't start.

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Asked by Sep 21, 2013 at 06:28 PM about the 1995 Ford Escort 2 Dr LX Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I checked spark and I check fuel
both are good

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101,535

Check your timing belt. With the age of your car its probably about time to replace it. It could have broke or jumped time.

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101,535

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRFRgHiHnyk --- this may help

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101,535

Sorry but that video is not all that good but it will give you an idea where to look to check your timing belt.

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21,775

There is a black plastic cover on the front of the motor that's about 4 or 5 inches wide. The timing belt is and Cam Shaft Pulley are under that cover. Watch the pulley and belt while someone cranks the engine - if nothing turns - the belt is stripped. Just to prevent having to do the job twice in the same week, replace the water pump and the belt. Belt and pump approximately $130. Not a job for a novice but it can be done in the driveway.

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56,705

You can also run a compression test. If all cylinders test low then it's the timing belt. HTH. -Jim

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Yeah it's the timing belt I thought when I checked the spark that it wasn't but then I realize this car has coil packs and not a distributor...lol I went crazy yesterday jumping wires and not finding codes ...

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56,705

Next thing to determine is whether or not it's an interference engine. In other words did the valve train get damaged when the timing belt broke? My '94 Escort had the 1.9 L so when mine broke it was ok. The 1.8 L (for 1994) was an interference motor. Perhaps someone else here knows for your '95 Model. HTH. -Jim

21,775

The 1.9L engines are all the same - free wheeling. You'll be fine.

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1.9L Yeah I'm safe... I'm taking it down today... I just hope nothing breaks... Fingers crossed...

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101,535

Don't worry it's not all that hard just be sure to get all the timing marks lined back up correctly. Drive safe and good luck.

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Cars up and running like a champ... Thank you all ... Ford made this easy thank God they did away with the distributor ... Lol

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101,535

That's great. Glad you got it back on the road. Drive safe.

56,705

Awesome!! Thanks for letting us know. -Jim

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It's dies on me while driving

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101,535

Does it mainly die when slowing to stop but runs fine other than that? If so possibly dirty/faulty idle air control valve or dirty throttle plate.

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My 95 quit while slowing down,I pulled over and after a few minutes it started up again. It wouldn't start right up but after 10 minutes --up and running no more problem. This happened about 2 months ago, just the same, but at the time I thought perhaps I stalled it. It will occasionally stall at lights while idling but starts right up. Just passed smog in CA, can't be that dirty.

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Same with mine, i changed the spark plug cables and that fixed the stalling.

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