Friend's daughter ran her 1989 Ford Escort 1.9L with oil barely showing
on the dipstick and an inch or two of coolant in the radiator. Engine
died while driving and she thought she ran out of gas. She may have. She
put gas in the tank but while the engine cranks, it won't start.
Engine has spark to the ends of all the plug wires. Plugs, wires, cap
and rotor were changed recently. There is a fine mist spraying from the
single injector (throttle body injection).
Timing belt was changed about 3 or 4 years ago and appears to be in good
I'm guessing bad compression caused by engine running hot and with
insufficient oil in the crankcase: rings shot and/or valves burned.
I plan on checking the compression first because that is easier than
checking to see if the timing belt slipped a cog.
I'm wondering what else might be causing a no start condition when both
spark and gas are present.