Problem with a 1987 ford escort.

Problem with a 1987 ford escort.
In the mornings it is very hard to start and dies about 4 or 5 times.
During the day if it sits for awhile. It will some times die but
usually only once.
The cars also idle real fast in park.
I know it is not the fuel pump. That was just replaced a while back.
I was told it was not the starter.
I was told it could be the Air filter in the fuel injection system or the Fuel injector filter or even bad gas.
The car has a fuel injection system, no carburetor.
What octane should you use for a ford escort?
Thank you for any help
Greg Rozelle
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Starter is not a likely cause. If it starts the car, it has nothing to do with the engine once it is running. Fuel pump is doubtful, unless the fuel filter is clogged and it has been overworking itself for any period of time.

The air filter is not located in the fuel injection, it is located in the airbox, which feeds the intake manifold. By fuel injection filter, I take it you mean "fuel filter"? Yes it is possible that the fuel filter could be partially clogged and needs replacement. If you don't remember when it was last replaced, pick one up. However, if it has been replaced in the last year or so, it should be ok. Lastly, yes, bad gas could cause problems like this if the car has been sitting and not running for long periods of time. When was the last time you filled up the tank?

Yes, should be CFI, or TFI as others call it. Basically a fuel injector pointing down into a throttle body.

87 octane is fine for an older car like this. 89 wouldn't hurt if you think the fuel system might be dirty. I would also pick up a couple of cans of fuel injector cleaner.

Besides the other things I mentioned, you should check (and replace if needed) the condition of the following: spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor and rotor. Just basic tune-up items. If this engine is a 1.9L, I would very strongly recommend you to take the timing belt cover off and check the timing belt, even if it has nothing to do with your problem. The timing belts are known to break on these cars religiously around every 100,000 to 115,000 kms.
Good luck Sharky
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The idle issues could be a number of items. Make sure all vacuum lines/equipment are tight and functioning properly. All EGR equipment/lines are tight and functioning. Test and clean the idle air control valve, might be stuck if dirty or malfunctioning. All of these things can affect your idle. Inspecting/repairing these systems you might get lucky and discover why it is stalling.
Scan for codes and post them here.
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It's almost certain to be a vacuum leak.
CJB

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Thank you all for your help.
I will check it out tomorrow
On Thu, 20 Apr 2006 19:59:36 GMT, "CJB"

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