Car will start, barely, then run for just a few seconds then die?

Tiny
DAVFIN
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  • 1999 FORD ESCORT
  • 100,000 MILES
It will continue to run really rough if you constantly pump the gas but as soon as you stop the car dies. It is shaking really badly in the process and making a knocking sound from the engine. Any help please.
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Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 7:29 PM

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Tiny
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THe knocking sound has me concerned. Check timing first. Make sure the belt is good.
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Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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Check fuel pressure. When was last tuneup? And when did this problem start?
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Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 7:35 PM
Tiny
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The belt is fine, I was thinking fuel but im not a mechanic by any means. As far as tune up, engine oil, air filter spark plugs are all good. This is my girlfriends car and when we first met her car was having a motor changed out on it, not a new motor but a 'working' one was being put in it. When we went to pick it up the shop was needless to say "shady" so I didnt trust that to begin with. The car has not ran great since we picked it up but for the last week she said it was making weird noises, she was on her way to work last weekend and about a mile down the road she called and said her car had died at a red light, managed to get it started back up but the car wouldnt go over 30 mph, told her to just bring it back to the house till I could get someone to look at it. Then the next day she called me as I was on my way home from work she said she took her car to the store and I would need to come pick her up because her car wouldnt start. Had to pull it to the house and it has been sitting here since.
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Saturday, November 26th, 2011 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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Check fuel pump pressure if the belt is good.
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Sunday, November 27th, 2011 AT 12:59 AM
Tiny
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I would note that I have seen similar symptoms on a 4 cyl car and it was a bad vacuum leak.
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Sunday, November 27th, 2011 AT 4:09 PM

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