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Just bought a '91 Pony at a drug auction to use for a rally-x car. Couldn't get the car to start (it does have gas). I noticed the "fuel cut-off" light comes on when you have the key turned all the way to start. I checked the cut-off switch, it didn't seem to be tripped, but I tried to press the button down anyway. Didn't move, so I assume it's good. If I spray starter fluid into the breather, it will run while it's got starter fluid, and maybe a few seconds after that. I have thoughts that it may be bad gas, but I'd like to check the fuses first & see what I can find out before draining the tank. Only problem is no fuse cover and no idea of what does what. Does anyone have a pic of the fuse layout they could e-mail me or direct me to where one is posted? Thanks for your help
 

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Shoot....Im not too familiar with the ponys. The escorts have a fuel cutoff switch located in the passenger side rear compartment, behind the interior trim panel. Theres a button on it that you can push to reset it should it trip; if you run it dry on fuel or other reasons. Its in the hatch area.....check around, otherwise hopefully someone else will have an idea for ya
 

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Have you checked the fuel pump? Its obviously getting spark or else it wouldn't run with the starter fluid. Hrmm....*scratching chin trying to look smart* Good luck man, and welcome to the Escort community. :twisted:
 

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testing fuel pump

That's one of the reasons I was trying to figure out which fuse goes to the fuel pump to make sure it's not just a blown fuse before I start pulling stuff off. If it ever stops raining maybe I can start playing with it! Thanks for the help, glad to find a cool place like this.
 

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DirtyJim said:
Shoot....Im not too familiar with the ponys. The escorts have a fuel cutoff switch located in the passenger side rear compartment, behind the interior trim panel. Theres a button on it that you can push to reset it should it trip; if you run it dry on fuel or other reasons. Its in the hatch area.....check around, otherwise hopefully someone else will have an idea for ya
FYI: The pony's just don't have any power steering/AC. Thats about the only difference between the LX and pony, besides maybe some factory options. :wink:

If the fuel cut off switch tripping isn't working I suggest taking a look at the fuel pump, lines and filter. something might be clogged. Also you should check out the spark, battery, distributor, coil, etc. Next check the airfilter, air intake tube and Throttle body. see if anything is ripped, missing or stuck.
 

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Definitely something fuel related - I have an imobilizer switch hidden on the passenger side of the car - if I forget to switch it back on, I get exactly the same results as you. Try the fuel cut-off switch first before you start fiddling around with fuses. Simple things first. :wink:
 

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Just bought a '91 Pony at a drug auction to use for a rally-x car. I checked the cut-off switch, it didn't seem to be tripped, but I tried to press the button down anyway.
:? Did you guys miss this part? :?: :?: he already has tried the cut off switch. Which is why he's asking about the fuses now. I still think it's fuel related as well, check the pump, lines and filter.
 

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Hoser said:
Just bought a '91 Pony at a drug auction to use for a rally-x car. I checked the cut-off switch, it didn't seem to be tripped, but I tried to press the button down anyway.
:? Did you guys miss this part? :?: :?: he already has tried the cut off switch. Which is why he's asking about the fuses now. I still think it's fuel related as well, check the pump, lines and filter.
:oops: :oops: Very thick and stupid of me!! Mind you maybe the previous owner had installed a custom imobilizer which just happened to have knocked itself on ................? no! :roll: :roll:
 

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I would suggest, if you haven't already, fiddling with the fuel cut off swi....Oh...what?...you....already.... ;-) But seriously, my first suggestion would be to get a Chilton manual for it. It will probably have the fuse layout listed in it. Definitely a good idea to have it for other reasons as well. I agree with James, it sounds like a fuel issue. 89escortGT had a good idea too. Just look at all the fuses and replace anything that is still good. That could help you with your specific problem and it could prevent other things from being a problem after you solve this. After the fuse, if that doesn't solve it, you'll want to go to the filter next. I would just go ahead and replace it - one less thing to think about. After that, the fuel lines. After that the.....you get the idea. Good luck. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Welcome to da neighborhood.
 

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A thought or two

I know it's fuel related since it runs on starter fluid. Didn't get a chance to do anything this evening, 3 1/2 month old son tends to set my schedule for me :) I did get to pick up a fuel filter this afternoon on the way home, figuring it wouldn't hurt to change that out. They didn't have a Escort manual, should be in before Thursday. Where is the fuel pump and fuel filter located on this puppy? Just to keep me from jacking the whole freaking thing up to poke around, can someone give me a start? i.e. in front of driver's rear wheel, basic area to look. Also, could someone simply take a digital pic of the fuse block diagram on the little panel cover and e-mail it to me? I'm assuming there is one there like on most cars. Thanks again for your help!
 

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The fuel filter should be on the firewall...or am I thinking 1.8 design? I'm not 100% sure where it's at on the 1.9s. The fuel pump is in the fuel tank, lift out your rear seat and a few bolts later you should be able to see it. :wink:
 

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Yes, the fuel filter is on the firewall, pretty easy to change out as well, unless you've got big hands like me, then it's a little more of a challenge, but still doable.

BTW: Since it was a drug auction car, did you check for marijuanna in the fuel lines? LOL, J/K (in case you couldn't tell! :p )
 

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Might be a bag of coke that's clogging it up. :laughing6: It is a finer mix. :wink:
 
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