Car will not start

Tiny
QUICKDRAWW
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  • 1997 FORD ESCORT
  • 2.0L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 115,350 MILES
Engine turns over but doesn't seem to be getting spark. Doesn't do anything that would usually happen when it is trying to start?
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Friday, March 22nd, 2019 AT 7:09 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Welcome to 2CarPros.

First, does it sound the same when cranking? In other words, is the engine cranking slower or faster?

If not, we need to determine if it is a spark issue or fuel issue. Here are a few links to help you determine if the engine is getting spark and fuel:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-an-ignition-system

Here is a link that discusses the most common causes of a crank no start condition:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Start with these things and let me know if it is a fuel or spark related issue. Also, if the engine sounds like it is cranking faster than normal, it could be a broken timing belt issue.

let me know,
Joe
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Friday, March 22nd, 2019 AT 9:23 PM
Tiny
BMDOUBLE
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Could be a timing belt, if the engine sounds like it is cranking really fast. Loosen the timing cover and have someone crank it while looking at the belt for movement.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2019 AT 9:54 PM

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