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Hi. I have a 94 1.9l escort that had been running fine until I got home the other night. Now it won't start. It has new plugs and wires, I've confirmed that it is getting spark. You can hear the fuel pump and I pushed in the schraeder valve while someone was cranking it to confirm that it is getting fuel. I've checked the inertia switch and it seems to already be pressed down as far as it can go. What else? I see a lot of ignition switch problems but none of the common symptoms apply as I am getting both fuel and spark. The intake tract is clean. ECU? I know I am getting fuel up to the rail, I haven't pulled the injectors yet to see if they are actually firing. I don't have a fuel pressure gauge so I can't tell what the pressure is but it appeared to be plenty. Thanks in advance for any advice.
 

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if I remember right the pickup for the ignition is from a crank sensor...not sure if there is one on the cam...as I do not recall seeing one the few times I have worked on them...having said all of that is your timing belt still in one piece..as if the only pickup for the ignition is on the crank you would still get fire to your plugs but since the cam would not be turning you would not start...and you would get fuel as it is electric...just an offer...that is all that comes to mind right off, I am sure soem of the 1.9 guys will set me straight if I am wrong and give some helpful info to you
 

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or pull up on the plastic cover next to the valve cover and sometimes you can actually see thats broke because of how loose it will be.

you can also pull the valve cover (3 bolts), and see if the rocker arms move at all. if no, belt is broken.

changing the belt on this engine isnt hard, the first time it may be a pain in the butt, but not hard. if you take it anywhere, it'll cost you between 150-200 to have them change the belt.. and they'll want to change the water pump too, which you should do.
 

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climb under the car on the right side of the motor.. where the hormonic balancer is.. take a rag and clean off the crank sensor. also clean off the balancer"teeth". the motor will runwith out the cam sensor.

timing belts just dont jump teeth while the motor is shut off. if it wsa running and then stoped running theres something else.


-check the crank sensor
-do a compression check
-get a tire guage and put it on the fuel rail bleed vlave to check pressure. it should be arround 32 psi at cranking.
-take a small light bulb and stick it in the injector conectors, if it lights up the injector is firing.
 
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