1996 Ford eacort wont start

Tiny
TEE4BASS
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  • 1996 FORD ESCORT
  • 100,000 MILES
I have a 1996 Ford escort 1.9 standard transmission. Was driving on an interstate and had to take shoulder of road to avoid an accident. On the shoulder were this bumps that alert a person that they are on the shoulder. The car died while traveling on these. Engine cranks but won't start now.
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 AT 1:41 PM

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Tiny
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Ther must have been a wire or vacuum line or intake duct that may have fallen off. there is also the possiblity of obtructions in the exhaust as with your mileage catalytic converters are fragile and the vibration may have made it collapse in on itself blocking the exhaust path.

I am giving you a link to a wlk through diagnosis that will go over not start situations as that is where you are going to have to start.

Here is the link;

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 AT 2:09 PM
Tiny
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Check the fuel pump shut off mechanism. It trips when it detects an accident or thinks it has detected one. (Bumps on the road). It is reset manually with a push button. Sits behind the right rear wheel well in escorts. There is a small panel accessed through the trunk or tail gate.
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Saturday, December 31st, 2011 AT 3:09 AM
Tiny
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That is the fuel pump inertia cut-off switch. That is good insight to the fact tht you ran it off the road. It usually takes a good "Ding" to shut them off, but it is worth checking.
The on e for the Sedan is on the hatchback or wagon is in the right rear cargo area above the rear wheel well. On sedans it is on the right side of trunk behind right strut tower. You might have to access it via a cover and it is usually a push button reset. The shortcut I gave you to the diagnostic walk through has a procudure for checking it as it is not just as simple as puching it in to see if it works.

This is from the article just under the picture of the fuel pressure test gauge video;

"To check for this condition locate the inertia switch, if the cut off switch has been active it will have a white or red indicator at the top of the switch. Push this indicator down to disarm the cut off switch, if the indicator does not move down it is not activated and is not the problem.)" From, "How to Chechk a Car that Cranks but Won't Start Problem"

That is proper procedure to check the inetrtia switch which was in the link I gave you.
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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 AT 1:33 AM

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