1996 Ford Contour The car ignition cranks but engine won't

Tiny
VICMALDONADO91
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  • 1996 FORD CONTOUR
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 175,000 MILES
I recently started driving this car. We found a problem with the air intake sensor that was causing it to jerk when driving and not get up to speed. We unplugged the sensor and it was working much better. We also think the timing belt might be a little bit looser than it should normally be. I was driving it to a park and before pulling in the car shut off all the lights turned on and the steering wheel didn't lock but it got real tight. I tried to start the car again but all it would do when I tried to start it is the ignition would just crank and the engine wouldn't start. We couldn't hear the fuel pump starting when you just turn the ignition before starting it. We found a switch where you could turn it on or off and switched it and we could hear it again. It still was doing the same problem. We replaced the fuel filter thinking maybe the car wasn't pumping gas into the engine but that wasn't the problem either. I don't know if there is something wrong with the engine, starter, or maybe electrical. Any help would be appreciated.
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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 AT 9:38 PM

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Tiny
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With engine cranking and no start
check fuses 1st and if all OK
Three things need to be checked
check for spark
check timing belt
check fuel pressure

good luck
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 6:59 AM
Tiny
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I haven't checked fuses completely and I check the timing belt and it seems to be ok unless there is something specific I need to look at. I haven't checked the fuel pressure and I believe the car isn't creating a spark. Is there something specific I can look for to know it isn't?
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 10:11 PM
Tiny
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Check this link
and let me know
http://www.2carpros.com/articles/ignition-system-output-test-video
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 AT 7:06 AM
Tiny
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I checked all the fuses and the one for the ignition had a white substance on it and on the entrance to the fuse box. I cleaned it off the fuse box and it seems to have a look like it was burnt but I switched the fuse and it was still doing the same thing. I still need to test fuel pressure. But like I said before I still don't get a spark.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 AT 1:08 PM

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