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Old 06-15-2012, 17:24   #1 (permalink)
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99 Escort ZX2 has spark but no start

I am considering buying this car, but at the moment it wont start.it has about 125k miles on it. 5 speed. It's getting spark, and the guy said when he changed the injectors there was fuel coming out of the lines (so there is pressure).. but it just wont start, he said even with starting fluid it wont start.. could it be the cam or crank sensor? or would it be out of time? also, when I pulled the 1st spark plug (passenger side, im assuming its #1) there was motor oil on the outside of the boot is this just the valve cover gasket?. He said he drove it 300 miles home parked it and then it wouldnt start. I got the guy down to $400, do you think it is worth it? It has some rust on the bottom of the doors and under the doors, but the interior is spotless and the rest of the body looks clean.
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Old 06-15-2012, 18:09   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Escort ZX2 has spark but no start

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"cam or crank sensor?" maybe!! I would say the Drive Belt....Pull #1 Plug...see if you get compression...and its TDC!! Top Dead Center...
You said you pulled a plug...and noticed oil...Broken Head Gasket...possible...do a compression test first... $400.00 125k sound ok...but if it does not run...it's worth $0.
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Old 06-15-2012, 20:35   #3 (permalink)
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I ment the spark plug boot, not the spark plug.. sorry. but he called me tonight and said his wife wants it gone by 3pm tomorrow so I could have it for $300. I figure even if i cant fix it i can junk it and still atleast get my money back... but any suggestions on what else it could be would be greatly appreciated.
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Update: The spark plugs arent firing, but the wires are. I took 3 of the plugs out and they were covered in gas. To rule out a plug issue I put a good plug from my other car and it still didnt fire.. Could it be the coil just isnt sending enough power through the wires to ignite the fuel? or could it still be the crank sensor? I changed the cam sensor but no difference.. I was looking for the crank sensor but I cannot find it, I was told it was on the back of the motor on the passenger side. But I just read that it is under the exhaust manifold, so which is it?
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coil pack is bad replace it...don't flood the engine with gas...again...once you replace the pack make sure you connect them back to in the correct position.
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Re: 99 Escort ZX2 has spark but no start

1999 zx2 2.0L 4 cyl.

Firing order - 1-3-2-4

Coil pack as if looking at it.
4 3

1 2
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Re: 99 Escort ZX2 has spark but no start

This shows you what your after with firing order and correct position of leads .

98 99 00 01 02 03 ESCORT COIL/IGNITOR CPE ZX2 | eBay
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This shows you what your after with firing order and correct position of leads .

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That says it

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It that how it really is?

HMM I don't got a section for escort in the directory? I'll add it and this info.
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Thanks for all the info everybody. I will go out tomorrow and change the coil and let you know what happens..
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