Well , I now know the source of my sudden crap out the other night - a wiped
timing belt. After doing all my electrical diagnostics and coming up with
nothing abnormal, I pulled the timing belt cover and found a very loose, but
unbroken belt. Cranking the engine told the tale - only the crank sprocket
I cut off the old belt and it was really trashed at the point where it was
rubbing on the crank sprocket. So tomorrow's battle will be to get the
crank pulley off - Doesn't look like it going to be much fun. The rest of
the job doesn't look too tough. Any hints on working down around crank
pulley? Does the crank position sensor have to come off? Not mentioned in
The big question I have from this whole incident - how was I getting spark
while cranking if the timing belt was wiped? Does the high energy
distributorless ignition sense engine timing off the crank sensor as opposed
to a cam driven sensor?
BTW, I did not get any Key On Engine Off faults codes with a code reader.
Only the "all OK" codes....go figure!
Well, 115K isn't too shabby for a timing belt...wonder why Ford didn't
specify a replacement interval for it in the 1.9 maintenance schedule. I
know the 1.8 schedule calls for a replacement at 60K, but I believe that was
because the 1.8 DOHC was an "interference" engine, where bad things could
happen to valves if the belt went.
The original engine accessory drive belt was pretty crispy too.... cracked
all over the v-grooves - naturally a new one will be going back in.
Wonder how much clutch is left - its original too - what's a clutch job an a
94 Escort go for these days?
Thanks to all who helped me get this far along!