1994 Ford Escort Car suddenly died at a stop sign and won't

Tiny
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  • 1994 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 78,000 MILES
My 94 Ford Escort LX died without warning at a stop sign today and now it won't restart. I sounds like it is turning over, but it won't catch and start. I have lights, radio, etc. So I don't suspect the battery or alternator.
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Thursday, September 11th, 2008 AT 12:06 AM

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Tiny
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Suspect timing belt
check for fuel and fuel pressure
check for spark
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Friday, September 12th, 2008 AT 12:17 PM
Tiny
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I appreciate the input, Jack. Since leaving my initial question I have done some other research and looked around both on this site and others trying to determine the cause of the problem.

I saw other suggestions that it might be the timing belt, but most of the other stories that the cause seemed to be the timing belt there was some other indication before the car died/wouldn't start. In my case, there was no indication of a problem prior to the car dying. The car was driving fine, no power loss, no unusual sounds, no noticeable difference in gas mileage, etc. It simply died at the stop sign and now won't restart.

I actually suspect the fuel filter and/or fuel pump. Is the fuel pump on this model inside the fuel tank? Where would I find the fuel filter?
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Friday, September 12th, 2008 AT 1:29 PM
Tiny
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FILTER check on firewall

did u check for spark?
Fuel pump is in the tank

still check the timing belt it is very common issue
let me know
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Friday, September 12th, 2008 AT 2:11 PM
Tiny
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FUEL PUMP Removal (Escort & Tracer)

1. Release fuel pressure.
Disconnect negative battery cable.
Depress 2 clips securing front of rear seat cushion, and remove seat cushion.
Disconnect wiring harness connectors from fuel pump assembly.

2. Remove fuel pump access cover.
Remove any dirt from around fuel pump flange area.
Disconnect fuel inlet and return lines from fuel pump.
Remove fuel pump screws, and remove fuel pump/sender assembly
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Friday, September 12th, 2008 AT 2:20 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the instruction, Jack. I found the fuel filter and replaced it. No go. I have checked spark and we're sparking.

When facing the engine, the timing belt is under the black cover on the left side, right? I would have expected other symptoms before the timing belt failed. Would it have just failed without warning?
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Friday, September 12th, 2008 AT 4:43 PM
Tiny
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Do u have fuel ?
is the fuel getting to the filter ?
if not check fuel pump remove the rear seat and check if the pump working check for power
if u have power and no fuel suspect fuel pump

timing belt is behind the plastic cover in the front of engine


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/99387_escort_timing_3.jpg

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Friday, September 12th, 2008 AT 8:19 PM

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