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I have a 1994 Ford Escort Wagon that just doesn't seem to want to start. As I was driving down the road today, it suddenly simply shut off. No clatter or backfire, no sound or warning, just driving one minute and turned off the next.

Today we've already tried:
Checking Fuel Cut Off Switch (first thing!)
Replacing Fuel Cut Off Switch ($22 gone!)
Checking to hear fuel pump turn on (It Did!)
Checking to see if gas pushes from fuel filter (Smooth Flowing!)
Checking to See if spark arcs from coil to distributor (# 1 Wire, it did!)

Currently we have run out of ideas. Does anyone have any clue what we could check next? I'm trying to figure out if I can possibly check the injectors without removing the intake. The injectors are getting power according to the test light.

Oh and I did search the forum. :cry:
 

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Thank you for the swift replies! :)

To check the timing belt, the engine will have to be lifted out of the bay, right? Will a fairly decent stockpile of tools and a chain-horse be able to do this job?
 

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Yes it's your timing belt and no you dont have to lift the engine out.
There is a "how-to" floating around here. But you just have to remove the passngers side motor mount to get to every thing.
Might as well put a new water pump in to.
 

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Thank you! I am searching for the how-to now. :)

I also forgot to mention that the dashlights still show "Fuel Cut Out" even though the switch is replaced. :( Could this be just a remant of not starting or should I begin checking other things while replacing the timing belt?
 

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Is the Fuel Cut off switch in the correct position? Popped UP.

Also, to CHECK the belt simply loosen the timing belt cover
and take a peek behind the top of the cover. Get a finger on
it and check if it's taunt.
 

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Fuel Cut Off Switch is pressed down, I popped it up by disconecting it and shaking it slightly, then reconnecting it. I was under the impression the red button was supposed to be pressed down? I did try it in both positions as of this post. Also I am having trouble finding the how-to, does anyone have a direct link?
 

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The button is supposed to be down and pops up when tripped. To eliminate this as a problem, jumper the unhooked connector (away from grounds) and check fuel pressure, it should be present. Unhook connector and no fuel pressure. The dash light illuminates until engine starts and will be on while cranking even if switch and position are good and timing belt is bad. I would pull upper timing cover off and check for slack in the belt or after several cranking sessions, a chewed up belt.
 

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you can also see if the rocker arms are moving while someone is cranking the engine after removing the oil cap & looking trough the oil fill opening. The cranking feels/sounds a lot more effortless when you have no compression to worry about - hope this helps.
btw - if it turns out your TB is fine (which i doubt :twisted: ) you may want to pull the spark plugs out and see if they are fouled up, could be result of you multiple attempts to restart it.
xxx.justanswer.com/questions/iusy-need-change-timing-belt-95-ford
pretty extensive guide - need to register if you want pictures as well
 

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Thank you all for the advice! :) Pulled the cover and tensioner and found the belt broken. :( I am currently searching for a guide to check the water pump as I read in another post that sometimes it will freize up and snap the belt. Am also trying to find all the little hash marks to make sure when I get the replacement belt that it goes on right and straight the first time. :)
 

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I am happy to report that the problems seem to be fixed! :) Replaced the timing belt finally today, not without the help of another couple of hands. After fixing the tensioners it runs just like before. :) Thank you all for all of your help.
 
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