1999 Ford Escort Car won't start

  • 1999 FORD ESCORT

Electrical problem
1999 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 150000 miles

We had a few real cold days (live in Buffalo, NY) and the car started like usual, without problem.
As the cold spell broke (ok still cold) the engine would hesitate at first rollover, then fire up and run fine. (Did this for 2 days) With the starter hesitation - like it wouldn't rollover at first, but as soon as the engire would turn it turned over at normal speed; getting slightly worse. Yesterday afternoon, it rolled over and but won't start. I checked this morning and I don't think I have fuel on the rail. The car seemed to roll over better this morning. The battery was taken to autozone and passed the load test. So my guess is the starter is probably bad. Could the starter draw cause the fuel problem or am I looking at two different failures.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 AT 7:46 AM

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Ok I would pull the starter and have it tested it sounds like this could be the starting problem (the turning over of the engine). Now the other problem will be unrelated most likely. The only way to know for sure it to get a fuel pressure tester (rent if you can) and see what the fuel pressure really is then take it from there. Let me know what you find and where you want to go from here ok. Thanks.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 AT 10:09 AM

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