Hi I own a 97 Ford Escort sedan 2.0l recently the alternator went and I replaced it and car was running fine until I was driving to work on the way I was going about 30mph and it was acting sluggish all of a sudden like it was in a high gear and it wouldn't accelerate. It went away quick and I parked it at work when I came out it wouldn't start. I would turn the key and it would just click I assumed it was the starter or the battery. I towed the car home and checked and found out it was the starter. I replaced the starter and went to start it and wouldn't start I crankde and pumped the gas and it started but barely and rattled like a cylinder wasn't working and blue smoke came out the exhaust. I didn't know what it could be so I checked the spark plugs and noticed the 4th cylinder spark plug was missing the electrode and the stem was a little bent like it was hit by the cylinder. Now I heard that in most cases in that case the electrode would just blow through the exhuast so I replaced the spark plug and tried starting it but nothing. It seems like its not getting fuel but i'm not sure and suggestions?
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 AT 11:00 AM