It started and ran fine for a few months until Fall when it struggled to start two days in a row, but did run OK after starting. Now it just refuses to start.
When I try to start it, it cranks over vigorously, but will not fire except for an occasional "pop" on a single cylinder every 3-5 seconds.
When the ignition is first turned on, the fuel pump will run for one second. When I release the ignition key from "cranking" position, the fuel pump runs for one second afterwards. There is a distinct smell of gas outside the car after attempting to start it. I don't have an adapter for my fuel pressure gauge that will fit the Escape's gas line Schroeder valve, so I don't know what the line pressure is. I don't think that's the problem though.
I've tried cranking it with the gas pedal pressed to the floor to clear out any flooding but that didn't help either. I have heard that doing this will shut off the injectors temporarily
When I hook up my code reader to the OBD port there are no ECU codes showing up.
I pulled the front three plugs out. The plugs (Motor-craft platinum) were wet with gas, medium tan in color, with no carbon deposits and gapped at the recommended.053". They looked good. All three front coils tested good with a strong spark. I didn't look at the back three plugs or coils.
Back in the Fall I did the one of the Ford TSB procedures for "non starting" where I disassembled and cleaned the multi-pin connector under the battery and also the fuse block and connectors behind the driver kick panel. All connectors were clean with no trace of corrosion, but I cleaned them up and gave them some dielectric grease anyway.
All the clues seem to point to ignition rather than fuel.
Are there other Ford TSBs that might apply to this problem?
What should I try next? I'm really stumped.
Anyone that gives me advice that solves this problem will be compensated generously.
have the same problem?
Thursday, May 1st, 2014 AT 2:03 PM