Your spark plug wires may be defective or not connected properly from spark plug to the ignition coil. I am reading the 98 Ford Escort Factory Repair manual. Here is what it says: " Caution: Proper installation of ignition/spark plug wires is critical to engine operation. If one spark plug wire is not properly installed at either the spark plug or the ignition coil, both spark plugs connected to the ignition coil may not fire underload." It also says, " Whenever an ignition wire is reinstalled or replaced with a new one, apply a silicone brake caliper grease to the interior surface of the ignition wire boots.
Connection to the ignition coil: Top left (close to cylinder head and intake manifold) #3 spark plug. Top right (close to battery and intake manifold) #2 spark plug. Lower left (close to radiator and cylinder head) #4 spark plug. Lower right (close to battery and radiator) # 1 spark plug
Hope this helps.
Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 AT 6:49 PM