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I need help, I was going around 50 mph when my 91' escort started losing power and gave out a loud back fire and then lost all power from the motor. Since it is a manual trans I left it in 5th gear and poped the clutch. It started back up and died again with in 5 seconds. So I tried it again at around 30 mph and the same thing happened. I pulled over to the side of the road.
I tried to start it while pulled over on a side street. It would turn over but did not sould like sound the same. A guy came along to give a hand and while he was there we pulled one spark plug wire at a time to make sure I had spark, which turned out OK. I checked the little fuel cut off switch in the trunk and that was OK. I know I have gas in the tank. It was around 70 degrees out side and my trip was only 2 miles when it died.

Does anybody have any suggestions on what to look for. Could it be the timing belt broke, or the fuel pump quit? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Ryan
 

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Definitely check your fuel pump fuse and relay. If need be, remove the 'in' line from the fuel filter and place it in a jar, then crank the car for just a second to see if the pump is working.

You can loosen the top part of the timing belt cover and peer in to see if the belt is okay.
 

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Your timing belt did not break; if it breaks, your engine will not restart and it will die as if someone turned off the ignition (with lots of other lights to boot). It may have slipped a tooth or more, which could give you the grief you're talking about, including backfire. Prying the timing belt cover away for a look won't help you diagnose this. This seems the most likely situation.

I'm not sure if you have an LX or a GT, but if it's an LX, you can easily check the cam/crank alignment by jacking up your car, removing the front passenger side wheel and splashshield and rotating the crank with a ratchet to check (remove plugs and fuel pump relay first). Resetting the belt (a new one) is a bit more work.

Good luck.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I forgot to mention my escort is a 91' Pony two door hatchback. I will check the fuses first, since that is the easiest. I will then move to the timing belt area.

How long should I plan to do the timing belt, I was thinking about a day? I also read this section in the manual a couple of times and I it does not say anything about special tools, right?

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I've done my timing belt three times. No special tools required. Count on a day for the first time. Not sure about the Pony, but on my LX, you have to do some extra work to get the timing belt cover off in one piece (remove an engine mount, relocate a few accessories). On the LX, this is the most frustrating part - it's not just a matter of removing a couple of bolts on the timing belt cover. The cost of the belt is peanuts - make sure to use a new one (100,000 km insurance). Ensure your tensioner is okay because it may have caused this problem in the first place. You may want to replace the water pump at the same time.
 
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