Thanks for the help. I was thinking about a jumped timing belt, but had
rationalized it as unlikely - wouldn't I get at least a rough, but running
The car has the distributorless high energy ignition, with the square coil
pack. I'll try checking the timing with a light. What did you mean by "with
the spout disconnected"? In olden days, I would think that meant with the
mechanical vacuum advance line disconnected and plugged. You mean ten
degrees BTDC right? I'll also check to see if I can check belt timing with
a set of match marks on the gear, as typically you can do.
I'll try the injector tests next after the belt timing. I have NOT smelled
any raw fuel either at the engine or at the exhaust pipe, which I would
think I would have if the timing was off and I was dumping raw fuel into the
cylinders that was obviously not getting ignited.
The belt is suspect, as it's the original one. Should be replaced at 115k
regardless of its current condition, good or bad, although Ford only
included belt replacement in the maintenance schedule for the 1.8 high
What's really got me wondering is the odd interaction between the cooling
fan and the fuel injection fuse - but maybe that's a "normal" result of the
ECM programming. If anyone would check this out on a properly running car
with the same ECM, I would be interested in hearing about the results.