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I need some help with my Escort. It's a 92 GT, bone stock. I got in her this morning, turned the key. She started right up and then promptly died. No sputtering like she wasn't getting fuel, she just died. So I tried again. Same result. After 6 or 8 tries at this, I figured maybe it was fuel related somehow, so I started her and pushed the accelerator about halfway down. Same result, she didn't even rev up a bit. Just died. She's not sputtering. She still sounds normal when she starts, she just won't stay running for more than a second or two. Any thoughts or ideas would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Well, if you don't have the VAF (air meter) plugged in, it will idle roughly, and then as SOON as you open the throttle at all, it runs wicked lean, and then the engine cuts itself off. So if I were you, I'd check to make sure that you have the VAF plugged in. It could be a million other things, but I'm just throwin ideas around.
 

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I'm gunna have to go with Siragan on this one. If the air flow meter isn't pluged in on some cars, or has gone bad those symptoms will occur. On others, like my 1g GT it will default to a rich condition, and still be drivable though. The first thing you should ALWAYS check in a no start condition is the FUEL LEVEL. It may sound dumb, but so many people forget they were low on gas, or just don't check till it's too late. Double check all of the connectors under the hood. Also check the system for any trouble cades stored in the ECM. A know ford no start problem is the emergency fuel cutoff swithch. If fore some reason your car was stuck with a conciderable amount of force in the area of the cut off switch then it will need to be reset. Listen for your fuel pump to cycle when you turn the car on. Turn the key forward one click and listen for a whining noise from the back of your car. should last 3-5 seconds. If you don't hear the fuel pump, then it is more than likely the cut off switch or a blown fuel pump fuse. If you do hear the fuel pump, go under the hood and look for a tire valve looking thing on your fuel rail. stand back and press the valva and see if fuel squirts out. If you get a squirt, you have pressue. Be careful when you do this. If you have fuel pressure, check for spark. EGTdude seems to be having a prob like this whith his sister S-10, but they squirt starter fluid into the intake and it stays running. I have yet to figure out why though. you might give that a shot too.
 

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OK. Here's the update. I had to go to work, so I borrowed my wife's car. Got home from work and just for s***'s and giggles, I tried to start it. To my amazement, she started and.... stayed running. Didn't notice anything strange at that point, but it was still light out. Around dusk, I decided to go back out and see if it was just a fluke. Started her up and she stayed running. Very happy... except for the unusual amount of gray smoke coming out the exhaust. Smells a lot like my old carb'ed Regal. Kind of a gas, exhaust smell. I checked the oil just to make certain it wasn't a head gasket or something like that and no water in the oil. Still kind of leary to drive it. I know the fuel pump does start everytime. I know she needs a tuneup in the worst way. I may try replacing the sensors you all listed as a start. Need to get new plugs and wires anyway so we'll start there. Any additional thoughts would be greatly appreciate. Thanks again. You guys definitely know your cars... and from the sound of it, mine as well. Thanks much.
 

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Given the age of your car, I would highly recommend cleaning the MAF element itself and it's electrical contacts, as well as the electrical contacts on the Engine Coolant Temperature sensor and the electrical contacts on the Air Temperature Sensor.
 

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zzyzzx said:
Given the age of your car, I would highly recommend cleaning the MAF element itself and it's electrical contacts, as well as the electrical contacts on the Engine Coolant Temperature sensor and the electrical contacts on the Air Temperature Sensor.
GT's have a VAF, which just has a flapper door, so not element to clean like in a MAF.
 
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