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2000 Ford Escort ZX2 70,000 miles

I parked my car last night in which it appeared to be running fine. I tried to start it this morning and it just turns over.

Here is what I have done so far:
1. Check for spark by grounding a spark plug on the core support while turning the ignition. Result: It's getting spark
2. Checked the fuel line. I disconnected the hose above the fuel filter, turned the ignition, and gas came out. It only shot about a foot high, which I don't know if thats decent pressure or not. I went ahead and changed the fuel filter while I was at it.
3. Looked at the timing belt. The had it replaced last year. The belt and teeth still look like it is in great condition. I want to rule out the possibility that it jumped. Turning over the engine does sound like it did when the timing was out before.
4. The service engine light was not on prior to today. I'm not sure if a any codes are in the computer to check out.

Any other ideas of what could kill the engine so quick? I am curious about the small round chrome object between the fuel filter and the fuel injectors. Is it another filter of some sorts? Is there anything I need to check on the fuel injectors itself?

Any thoughts or ideas welcome.

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I messed with the car a little this evening. I disconnected the battery for a while and reconnected it, hoping that might of reset something.

It sounds like its not getting gas.

Like I said in my previous post, when I disconnected the hose from the top of the fuel filter, gas flowed out, but it wasn't out of control. I wouldn't exactly say it was a high PSI.

What is used to test that out? I am about as far from a mechanic as it gets.

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the round chrome object is probably the fuel pressure regulator.

if its getting spark spray some starting fluid in the intake tube and see if starts. if so you arent getting enough fuel pressure or the injectors arent firing for some reason

also make sure you arent out of gas!

you can test fuel pressure with a fuel pressure gauge if there is a valve fitting on the fuel line or rail in the engine bay
 

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it had a quarter tank already, and I've added a few gallons since. is the fuel pressure regulator something that might need replacing? is it possible to clog? the reason i ask is because i believe the fuel filter had probably been bad for a while.
 

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After taking the cover off the top, we determined that 1 of the cams is not spinning. The timing belt still spins, but there is some kind off actuator between the timing belt and first cam.

What is this part called?

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