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Wheres the ~how to check you CL?~ thread for 2nd Gens

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by LeraiPalmer, Oct 23, 2011.

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    LeraiPalmer New Member

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    Didnt see it in the How Tos...
    My car all of a sudden decided to run crappy today, loss of power and engine studdering. Check engine light came on, so I figure Ill start there. I read somewere that we have to jump some harness on the right inner fender but dont remember where i saw it. If someonwe could please provide a link on how to check the CL and what the codes mean,...Id appreciate it.
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    Does this sound right? Found this on Ehow.

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    Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the "on" position but don't start the engine. Pop open the hood and prop it up with the safety bar.

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    Find the six-pin receptor Self-Test Output (STO). Next to that output is the small, one-receptor Self-Test Input (STI).

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    Examine the STO and find the two outlets on the bottom. The outlet on the left, as you are facing it, is the ground outlet. Use the jumper wire to connect this ground outlet to the STI.

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    Sit in the driver's seat and turn the key to the "Run" position. Watch the instrument panel while the "Check Engine" light flashes and count the number of flashes. This is the first number in the code. Write it down on a piece of paper. There will be a couple of second pause then the "Check Engine" light will flash again. Count the number of times it flashes. This is the second digit in the code. Write down this number. If there are more codes to follow, they will be separated by a four-second pause.

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    Look up the meaning of the codes in any 1994 Ford Escort LX repair manual.



    Read more: Trouble Codes for the 1994 Ford Escort LX | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_7498987_trouble ... z1bdrkzgUm
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    so i go out there and dont see anything like that from the instructions. I see EEC test.... Thats it. any ideas?
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    The symptoms tell me it might be the mass air flow sensor. The engine acts like its choking. Starts up normally, doesn't stall out, runs like crap, drives slow (good thing i work 3blocks away). Granted, i havent had a tuneup since last year, i want to try cleaning the mass airflow sensor 1st or buy a new 1. LAst year i installed a new fuel pump and filter....though it could be fuel related. The mass airflow sensor has torque screws on it. i cant seem to get them off. I will have to buy the appropriate tool tomorrow, clean mass sensor and give update.

    Still couldnt find out how to test the check engine light.
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    Double ooops

    I tried to respond earlier; accidently posted it in Gen One.......... hope they'll forgive me.

    Here is what I posted:

    Here is what I found for Gen 1; need a more experienced person to respond for Gen 2, but I'll keep looking; this is for Gen 1, but I see in the thread they're objecting to providing guidance for "how to" on Gen 2....

    Hopefully somebody here will respond; I'll keep looking, tho.

    [edit; link didn't take;

    https://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... c&start=15 ]

    Good luck,

    LarryR
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    I think i have narrowed it down to a bad coil pack. I replaced the spark plugs. Then i proceeded to unplug each plug wire while the engine was running.
    #4 spark plug had a significant idle loss and i could see and hear the spark zapping when holding the wire close to the spark plug.
    #2 and #3 experienced no change.
    I didnt even test #1. I figured it would be unlikely that 3 plug wires were bad. What do you guys think...Bad coil pack?
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    Fixed! It was the coil. Went to oreillys and got a new one. Car came back to life.

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