1988 Ford escort Engine troubles, & fuse box diagram

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  1. chatman_55

    chatman_55 New Member

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    I'm having troubles with my otherwise great Ford Escort. It currently has around 75xxx miles on it. I was driving it yesterday and it just stopped running. I'm thinking right now it's either the fuel pump or the Belt that I can't remember the name of right now went out. I am waiting for a friend to show up so I can see if the belt is gone or not. But I need to try to find a diagram for the fuse box so I can check the fuses for the fuel pump before I try to change it out just in case one of the fuses just went out.

    To explain how it died it basically just lost power in the engine. the electrical is all still working perfectly. I simply noticed I wasn't speeding up any longer and pulled of the side and the car was dead as if I had run out of gas or the belt snapped. but I figure I would here something had the belt gone out but I have never had one go out before so I'm unsure. If you guys have any other thoughts on what else could be going on with it or the box diagram that would be fantastic.

    I know I can find the fuse box diagram in a haynes manual but the only way I have of currently getting to a parts store is walking and I'd rather not make too many trips so I intend on picking up a manual on my first parts run.
  2. marshpoprock

    marshpoprock FEOA Member

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    Check your glove box for the fuse box diagram. Next the coin holders.

    From the sounds of things, you ignition module may went out. It's a common issue. If your timing belt went, when you try to start the car, it should try to turnover really really fast because there's no compression building up. Can you here the fuel pump build pressure when you turn the key on?
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    I think marshpoprock has covered the three main issues. When you turn the key to the on position listen closely for a humming that will last about 1-2 seconds, if you hear it it means the fuel pump is priming the fuel system and is working. If you don't hear the humming check the inertia switch to make sure it isn't tripped, it's located in the trunk on the drivers side behind the black rubber plug, just remove the rubber plug and feel around there's a switch there and the reset button is on top of the switch. If it's popped up just push it back down to reset the switch. If the button is still down that's not the problem. To check the timing belt you need to remove the timing belt cover and check the belt all the way around for stripped off teeth, it's very common for the belt to still look good, but strip teeth off allowing the engine to get far enough out of time it won't run. If it's neither of these check to see if you have fire at the plugs, if not it's probably the ignition module that's attached to the bottom of the distributor housing and it takes a special tool to remove the screws. The tool is available at about any auto parts store for probably under $10. I've had mine for about 15 years and think when I bought it the price was about $4-$5. If you can get the module off, Auto Zone can test it for you in less than 5 minutes.

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