1998 Ford Escort Front Wheel Drive Automatic 148000 miles
I live in Montana and it got really cold a couple days ago and now my car won't start. It cranks over just fine, all the lights are bright, I even did the battery thing where I took it out and warmed it up but still nothing. I usually drive it everyday but this week I let it sit for 36 hours and the temperature dropped suddenly like in a matter of hours and now it doesn't start but drove just fine 36 hours earlier. Could it be frozen gas lines? Should I wait for the weather to warm up above freezing (in two days it will) before trying to start it again? I have a half tank of gas and the local shop here said add a bottle of HEET and let it sit overnight but that didn't work either. So there it sits as do I.
It also does this funny thing when the temperature is above 80 degrees and I drive it above 70 mph, it starts to chug, the check engine light comes on, the rpms drop and the engine dies. It restarts fine but won't get above 25 mph and dies again. Sometimes it will correct itself and drive fine and sometimes I let it sit a couple hours and it drives fine. The check engine light stays on a couple of days and then goes off until I drive it again when it's over 80 degrees outside. This usually happens when going up a hill of moderately steep grade.
I think it's posessed.
have the same problem?
Sunday, October 11th, 2009 AT 10:56 AM