1999 Ford Escort fuel

Tiny
DANIEL1980
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  • 1999 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 107,000 MILES
I have a 1999 ford escort, recently I put a new clutch in it. The car ran beautifully after this. I took it out of town and when I got back into town, it died the first time I stopped. It started once for about 10 seconds then died. I checked for spark and have spark, I then checkedf the fuel pressure, it was about 40 psi. The repair manual says it should have between 50-85 psi not running. So I replaced the fuel filter then checked again, same thing around 40 psi, So I put a new fuel pump in. Now its around 50 psi but will not start still. I read somewhere that you should puge the system after a new pump, but I didnt do that. Should I purge it? If not then I am at a loss as to where to look next. Ant ideas would help. Thank you.
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 9:26 PM

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Tiny
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Check timing belt
do a compression test
check for injector pulse

CHECK TIMING BELT
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Saturday, March 29th, 2008 AT 9:31 PM
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How do I check for injector pulse? I have turned it over with the fuel pressure gauge attached and it jumps when I try to start it. But I am not sure if thats the same thing.
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Sunday, March 30th, 2008 AT 2:16 AM
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Locate the injector wiring and unplug the injector
with key on check for battery power
and then place a small light bulb instead of the injector and crank your motor watch for the light to blink (you can use bulb # 194 just bend the ends to fit in the injector plug ).

You did OK on the fuel pressure.

I would also check the timing belt

check for spark at spark plugs check them all look for a good strong arcing between wire and ground
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Sunday, March 30th, 2008 AT 6:50 AM
Tiny
DANIEL1980
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I want to say thanks fgor the input. Checked it out and it turned out it was the timing belt. Took back the fuel pump and bnought a new timing belt and did a few other bits of preventitive maintennance. Car runs beautifully. What I thought was going to cost em a few hundred ended up costing me about 70 bucks. Plus I got a few other things taken vare of that I was puttting off.

Thanks again.
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Monday, March 31st, 2008 AT 1:24 AM
Tiny
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Very, very, good
hope you changed the water pump too
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Monday, March 31st, 2008 AT 5:45 PM

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