car wouldnt start...did not crank normally...but sounded like it needed
timing belt...changed the timing belt and water pump (suspected water
pump because of frequent having to refill antifreeze)...after changing
everything sounded the same with no start....pulled the plugs and found
cylinder on driver side of car had burnt plug looking greenish(plugs
were new 2 months ago....other three plugs were normal....now I am
thinking head gasket but had other cars with head gasket problems and
they cranked and started normally with fast overheating, etc....is this
possibly a bad cylinder or what is called not enough compression to
start....have seen this in books but never had this experience
before......please point me in the right direction, thanks
Take a compression test of all four cylinders. My '94 idled in a similar
manner then developed a BIG problem; the intake valve seat on no.4
broke apart into 1/32" pieces and fell out causing damage to the piston
intake valve. Some particles then went back through the intake plenum and
attacked the no.2 cylinder piston and intake valve. A precursor to the
problem was a ticking sound, the same as a fuel injector cycling. I used
stethoscpe to try and isolate the sound and could only determine that an
injector was going bad. Instead it was the seat ticking when the valve
closed. I sure learned some things!
Another possible way to isolate that this could be the problem is to go to
shop that has a mechanic's boroscope. Then he could view the inside of
cylinders, without taking the head off, by putting the probe through the
The machine shop that did the work on the head (shaving it, putting new
in, valve job, ect.), after I took it off, had a engine service computer
program that told them specific problems for various brands of engines.
said that the 91-96 Escorts with the 1.9 had this problem and gave the fix
procedure. It also said that Ford did not make any sort of recalls for
problem. And apparently a lot of Escorts have had this problem because
said that they have fixed quite a few in the 70k-80K mileage range.
Take the compression test first.
Peter Gennuso wrote:
the problem. And apparently a lot of Escorts have had this problem
they said that they have fixed quite a few in the 70k-80K mileage
If you search the internet you will lots of bitching and moaning about
this problem. However, mine threw a rod at around that mileage.
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