2000 Ford Escort Died on Highway

Tiny
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  • 2000 FORD ESCORT
I have a 2000 Ford Escort, 2 door, 2 wheel drive, manual transmission, 100,000 miles, 4 cylinder. Last night I was stopped at a red light and was on an incline, the light went green and I proceeded to try and move but the car would not go. I finally got it to drive but every time I go uphill the speed decreases about 15 mph. I was on the highway and couldnt go more than 65 on flat roads and the car just died. I tried starting but it was not possible. It sounds like its trying to start but it just doesnt. Any one have any suggestions as what it might be?
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Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 AT 11:10 AM

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Tiny
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Try checking for an exhaust restriction and then comeback we'll do this one @ a time.
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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 AT 1:01 AM
Tiny
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1997 Ford Escort died on Freeway

117,000 Miles, 4-cylinder, Automatic, 2-Wheel drive, Subtle (clicking/Rattling sounds) : like something you would hear out of an air-conditioner.

I was driving in the fast lane on the freeway when I heard this subtle clicking/rattling sound. At first I thought nothing of it then, about 60 seconds later all my service lights came on simultaenously and my gas pedal no longer worked.

I pulled off to the shoulder, put it in park, put my hazards on, and took out the key. Car wouldn't start up, or sound like it was trying to start. It was completely dead.

Triple A, takes it to the Firestone shop off the next exit. At the end of the day they call and say they can't figure out what was wrong with it. Now I guess I am left to taking it to a ford dealership and seeing if they can figure it out.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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Have the fuel pressure check and its electrical circuitry from the PCM thru Fuel Pump relay and Inertia switch.

Do you hear the fuel pump come On when you turn key to On for a few secs?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
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The car is still sitting at the Firestone shop but it's closed now. I don't recall any particular sounds when trying to start the car. Though it was really loud considering I was on the freeway shoulder next to the fast lane. What should I do?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 AT 7:10 PM
Tiny
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I've been searching on the internet about the problem and I'm starting to think it's some kind of internal engine failure. If that is the case I guess I am looking at buying a new car. I know Firestone doesn't work on problems like that, so I'll be waiting for their call and will have to decide to take it to an engine shop or just do away with the car all together.
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 AT 7:14 AM
Tiny
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It sounds like you may have blown a head gasket. I have a 1997 ford escort, and we've had to replace the head gasket on it twice. Did you notice if the car's temperature gauge was higher than normal?

Best guess is to have firestone check the compression of the cylinders and that will tell you if the head gasket needs to be replaced or not.

I was told that blowing head gaskets was a common problem with ford escorts.
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Saturday, September 8th, 2007 AT 5:32 AM

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