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Ford Escort; Crank, No Start

Q. A friend recently was given a 1995 Ford Escort wagon which didn't run. The problem with it is, it turns over when the key is turned, but other than that, nothing happens. What could be the cause of this problem? And more importantly, what would the repairs run?

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Ford Escort; Crank, No Start

A. There are so many different things that can create a crank, no start situation. The first thing to do is to narrow it down to either a fuel problem or ignition problem.

If you spray carburetor cleaner into the intake as the engine is cranking, and it starts, you have a fuel delivery problem. If it doesn't, pull a spark plug wire and check for spark. No spark indicates an ignition system problem. Once we know that we can troubleshoot the problem more efficiently.

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