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Old 12-24-2010, 02:12   #1 (permalink)
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91 Ford Escort LX 1.9L

Pulled up to a stop light and the car quite on me. Tried starting it again and it seemed like the battery was dead so i pulled over and got a tow home. I checked the battery and it was dead, replaced it and the same problem was there. Checked all the wiring and the ground cables, battery terminals are new as well. Focused on the started as it seemed pretty week so I replaced that as well and it was the same. The car has fuel and spark but it seems light the battery doesnt have enough juice to turm it over. The compression is slow cause the car isnt turning over fast enough. I changed the timig belt 2 months ago. Is there anyway and timing belt skipping a couple teeth could do this? I am stumped and dont know what to do anymore. I am thinking that the motor is seizing up on it cause it is so hard to crank over. Someone please help!!!!
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Sorry i forgot to add that the clutch pedal was really soft and had to start the car in gear or I wasnt able to shift into first when it was started. I know thats wasnt good for the car but i didnt have a choice. I then took the clutch slave off and clicked that plate forward and now i have a great clutch but cant get it running to try it out. Will the clutch go back to normal or did I reset something and it is good now?
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Re: 91 Ford Escort LX 1.9L

First thing I would check is timing .Also with battery going flat , check alternator output .
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I cant check alt output cause it wont even start for me.
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Old 12-26-2010, 04:20   #5 (permalink)
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Check your timing first and whilst you're doing that , charge your flat battery .Also check earth cable from engine to body .
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Old 12-29-2010, 18:02   #6 (permalink)
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So I had to take the belt off to remove the tensioner to check the timing and as i did that i noticed the alt was hard to turn. Thats cause it chattered inside and blew the bearing to peices and that was stopping it from turning and making it very hard to start. Changed the alt and all is good, fired up right away.
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Glad to hear that you fixed it. Thanks for the update.
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:32   #8 (permalink)
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Good your back on road again . Normally when alternator is that bad , you usually get prior warning as it rattles it's brains in for a period , before collapsing / seizing up .At end of day , quite a minor repair , which is good .
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