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Is anyone else having vapor lock problems on their GT? I drive almost daily 25 miles each way (into austin) around 75 mph. Stop to meet up with some friends and head in to school. They laugh histarically when I leave because my car won't start for 30ish seconds? (I don't hold the starter for that long) I heard wrapping the shiny side of aluminum foil around the gas line works but what if the hot spot is in the injectors/fuel rail. Any how-to would be great. Or maybe I'll just fiddle with it and write up my own tomorrow :wink:
 

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Injected motors should not have vapor lock because of the pressure required for fuel injection. Josh put it best, "It sounds like to me you have a deeper problem."
 

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I could see if the fuel rail was mounted right above the exshaust manifold it could be a problem, but it's not, we all have a cross flow heads. If your intake manifold is getting soo hot it cause's vapor lock, than you've got a problem.

It's probly not vapor lock at all.
 

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Sweet good stuff, my friend told me that my gas cap should not hisss when I release it, but then how would it hold pressure. Am I right about the cap or is he? Oh boy another tank drop coming on, they just never stop do they :p

Not real sure about the leak since I get 31 mpg but I'll give it a good look and smell over. Edit. Err maybe its leaking back into the tank
 

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your gas cap should hiss when you open it. its all part of the emissions control. on newer cars, leaving the gas cap off can set the check engine light, because the evap cant build up pressure. it sounds to me like you have 1 or more leaking fuel injectors. get a fuel pressure guage hook it up, cycle the key a few times untill you get pressure then let it sit and see if the pressure goes down. i would run the car for as long as you normaly do first. let us know what you find out.
 

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tank drop?! whoa stop, hold on, dont pass go..

you do not need to drop the tank on a 2nd gen escort to get to the fuel pump or its sending unit assembly.

press in the two buttons on either side of the rear seat cushion and pull it up. under the seat cushion is a silver metal plate, remove its screws and you're looking at the top of the tank!
 

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Thats awesome this is my first car, Ive only owned trucks in the past what a P I T A that is. Headed to the Autozone in a bit to get my fuel pressure tested wanted to jot down what chadgore had said.
 

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Bah, I took my GT into the shop I used to work at after I drove it for 30 minutes and it wouldn't replicate the problem... all I wanted to know was if the fuel leaked through the injectors, so now it's spending tonight at the shop, hopefully inside... so hopefully some day light tomorrow. Thinking back on it, it happens so rarely that I believe its one or two injectors that are leaking and the problem only occurs when that/those piston(s) is/are down, thus flooding the engine, and taking it a while to start. Is there a way to tell if the injector is leaky when I remove it?

It'll have to be a weekend project but, the weather is so nice (ya right) I'll kick back with a Corona, flop the back seat down and put the tv against the back of the trunk. Well at least thats the plan in March. I was really enjoying the 75*+ days, a week ago....
 

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Just take the injectors out and get them tested. I know my local Westbay auto parts store does injector testing. Not sure about where to go for where you live though.
 

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Yay! No OBD codes, no leaking, the mechanic said that it is likely a fault somewhere in the ignition system. Because he couldn't replicate the problem. Since it happens so infrequently, I'll have the injectors tested at a later point, maybe on the 1.9 TODA, who knows. The mechanic also said it runs extremely well. No charge too, for a two day test. :D

Thank you guys for the help. I used to work for Lamb's, and I trust these guys a lot. I'll find out where injectors can be tested around Central Texas incase someone needs their injectors tested at some other time.
 
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