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Well, today I went to start my car, but it wouldn't start. It was not overly cold, there was no frost on the windows, and the car had been running in much colder temperatures earlier. I first attempted to use my remote start - which doesn't always work even in the heat. It attempted to start like 6 times on the remote, but never started. I then went to try and turn it on manually, and the first time, it didn't start, second time, it started, but I had to pump the gas right when it started, otherwise it seemed like it was going to stall. For the rest of the night the car was working beautifully, including when the car had cooled off for 2 or 3 hours, and the temp had dropped a fair bit. It's a 1.9L Auto, it's got a new thermostat already. Any ideas, or is she just gettin use to the cool weather???

BTW.... If you read this Matt (or anyone else who might know), you said something about where the block heater is, could you send me a pic to see if I can find the outlet piece, I couldn't find it on mine - the pic will also help me determine if I even have one.
 

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Your car not starting has nothing to do with your car "getting used to the cold weather". Cars don't think - at least not Escorts. Maybe your battery is old and tired. Batteries like a certain temperature range - the chemical reaction within the electrolyte at lead (-ve) or lead oxide (+ve) terminals doesn't progress as well during cold or hot conditions. How old is the battery?

You'd know if you had a block heater. It has a 120 VAC male outlet connector that should be near the driver's side headlight. The heater itself is affixed on the firewall side of the engine where a frost plug would otherwise be.
 

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found the block heater!!! It was on the left side, it was not hidden, but camoflauged VERY well! I hope it'll make a difference with starting.
 
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