1992 Ford Escort No power

Tiny
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  • 1992 FORD ESCORT
  • V8
  • FWD
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  • 90,000 MILES
(Forgive me my not good English please.)

I live in Poland and I've got American Ford Escort LX with 1.9 SEFI engine. That engine had worked a lot with LPG gas (common in Europe), now it works on benzine. I have got problem witch performance of my vehicle. When I start my machine, it works ok for few moments. But when I driving some short time it starts to lose power, sometimes engine stops. Engine has no power, I can't sometimes start to go on, and I can't go up the hills. It has new spark plugs and high voltage wires. That is not air flow controller, because I replaced it. What is the problem?
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 AT 1:00 PM

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Does car have a catalytic convertor? If yes maybe clogged restricting exhaust flow.
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 AT 2:30 PM
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Yes, it has catalytic convertor. Maybe that's it, because my engine also smoking a lot under the hood, when it works on faster turns. But I couldn't see where the smoke accurately goes from.
How can I check is for sure that makes a problem?
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 AT 2:51 PM
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O.K. Need a vacuum gauge hook up to a port on intake. Start engine vacuum should read @20 inches.
Now rev up engine slowely to about 2000RPMS watch gague if it holds 20in. Then CAT good if it falls off towards 0in. Then CAT clogged.
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 AT 2:57 PM
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Thanks. I need to look for a vacuum gauge now;) but what if catalityc catalytic convertor is OK? I also checked the compression and it's not bad.
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 AT 3:14 PM
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If CAT good then check fuel pressure when pumps get worn they tend to not deliver enough fuel.
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Thursday, March 19th, 2009 AT 3:20 PM
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My mechanic said that CAT is OK. He said also that timing may be set wrong. But he didn't know how to set the timing in american car:/ How to do it? Don't You have any photos, catalog, or something about the timing in 1.9 SEFI?
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2009 AT 2:22 AM
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Hi
Look on right side of engine compartment near wiper motor. Find a connector with a light green/ yellow wire this connector is not hooked to anything. Ground this wire to car body. Then set timing 10 degrees before TDC at 700 rpms.
Also check fuel pressure 35-45 psi or kg/cm2 2.5-3.2
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Monday, March 23rd, 2009 AT 8:07 AM

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