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1998 Mercury Tracer turns over but will not start

Discussion in 'ZX2 1998-2004 2.0L DOHC' started by puppet76, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. puppet76

    puppet76 New Member

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    Hello, I know this is not an escort but I am assuming it is very similar the the 1998 zx2 so I decided to ask for help.

    This is my daughters car, here is what happened... she was driving, car lost power and died and would not restart. I am thinking fuel pump but here is what I tried:

    1. listened for fuel pump to turn on when the car is switched to the on position. I heard the pump turn on.
    2. checked inertia switch (car was in a small accident) reset inertia switch car still didn't start.
    3. pulled 2 spark plugs turned over car. had spark at both plugs
    4. shined a light into the valve cover verified the timing belt wasn't broken as the valves moved when the engine was turned over
    5 sprayed starter fluid into the intake and tried to start the car...no go

    Car has the 2.0L engine anybody have any ideas ...thanks
  2. FordMan59

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    I'd visually check the timing marks to be sure it hasn't jumped time.
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    well the timing belt was supposedly replaced by the previous owner but I will pull the timing cover and check... could a bad crank angle sensor cause that problem
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    the tracer is actually the same as the regular escort. The zx2 is a 2-door and is all by itself, engine wise and body wise.
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    I suppose the problem could be a bad crank sensor, the reason I suggested checking the timing belt is because it's a pretty common problem and I have had them fail at a young age. If the previous owner replaced the belt without replacing the water pump and tensioner this could also contribute to the problem if one of them has gone bad.

    You should also check the fuel pressure. Even though the fuel pump is running it might not be providing the correct pressure.

    Also you need to check to see if your getting fire to the plugs.

    Was there any abnormal noises (metallic) with engine before it died? These engines also have a track record of dropping valve seat. Check a few of the things mentioned and if you don't find a problem post back for more suggestions.
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    thanks man...work has been hetic and my wife had surgery so I plan on looking into it further tomorrow.

    I know it is getting spark for sure --I know the timing belt is not broken because the valves move when the engine is turned over (however, it could of slipped I haven't pulled the timing cover off yet to check for sure) I will try and score a fuel pressure tester tomorrow and see if there is nominal pressure at the rail. could the FRPS be the culprit? I know on my 03 cobra a bad FRPS will cause the car not to start I am assuming that the little black box located on the fuel rail is a FRPS--dont know for sure though

    no abnormal metallic noise noted --no binding car turns over fine as far as I can tell

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