1998 Ford Escort car quit while driving will turn over but

Tiny
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  • 1998 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 280,000 MILES
I was driving on highway doing 80km whenall of a sudden the car quit running I tried to restart but it would not start it will turn over but will not start it was about -18 when this happened my husband thought maybe the gas line froze on it could it be some thing else or is my motor done
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 6:26 AM

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Tiny
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Check the timing belt .. sounds like it may have snapped ... have a shop compression test the cylinders.. or remove plastic cover that drops down the side on belt (alternator)end, top of engine to see if the belt is in place or broken ??


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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 6:44 AM
Tiny
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Checked timing belt it is fine and fuel pump has been checked it is functioning battery is fully charged still will not start just rolls over any other sugestions
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 3:05 PM
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Are you getting spark at plugs. Are you getting fuel into cylinders. Is the MIL on? Let me know
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 5:55 PM
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Yes got spark in plugs oil in throttle body not sure on the presure MIL is that the engine light if so it comes on in on position but doesn't go out turns off when car starts to turn over only give up starting to look like really seriuos problem
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 6:38 PM
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If there was fault's on PCM engine light would stay on all time? Do you have gas or OIL in throttle body? There should not be oil in throttle body.? You need to get compression test done?Crank engine over a few times and remove a spark plug. Is it wet and smell of fuel. Or is there oil on it ?
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 7:52 PM
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There is oil in throttlebody husband already said it shouldn't be there spark plugs smell like gas used cold start (either same stuff he uses on his transport if it won't start in cold) to try to see if it would start he sprayed it on what it needed to be sprayed on also used gas in same spots I assume and got me to crank motor still wouldn't fire it started to turn over quicker than before but still didn't fire. So he has assumed its not a fuel problem as it should of started and then quit again for a short time
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 9:45 PM
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Your husband is right. It should have fired up for a little while? I think you have damage inside the engine possibly piston ring's/cracked head you really need to have the car compression tested . Or stripped down to locate the problem? Ask your husband to remove all the plugs to see if there is OIL on any/all of them again there shouldn't be.. Let me know?
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 AT 10:03 PM

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