Ford Escort stalling and refusing to start for hours.

Tiny
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This is an 87 Ford Escort with 38,000 miles on it. It has been sitting for about 2 years, but I was told it had this problem before that. When I turn the ignition to "on" I can hear buzzing in the back for about a second, I was told this is the fuel pump, and that means its working. If I havent tried to start the car in about 4 hours, it starts right up with no fuss, and will idle for seemingly random amounts of time. Sometimes 30 mins, sometimes 5. I just replaced the radiator fluid. The temp gauge on the dash doesnt get very high at all, still at the bottom of the "normal" range. I put a little fuel injector cleaner in the gas, didnt help. Any ideas? Need any more information from me? Any help is greatly appreciated. I dont want to buy a fuel pump unless im absolutely positive that is the problem, because thats some expensive buisness. Oh also I tried the fuel pump reset switch, but it wasnt tripped.
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Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 AT 6:55 AM

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Tiny
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Some of the escorts would give the symptoms of a bad fuel pump, but rplacing it doesn't always work. Get to the fuel pump through the back seat and check to see if the pump is getting power. :Idea: If not follow the wiring back to the driver's side rear seat area and keep checking the wiring. You may find the wiring is rotted. This may cause the pump to go bad from poor resistance if I understand correct.
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Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 AT 7:59 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the idea, i'll look into that when I get a chance ( some time after christmas im afraid) but im pretty certain the pump is getting power, I hear it going when I turn the ignition to "on". And I tried unplugging the wire that goes to the pump shutoff switch, and then it doesnt go when I turn the car on. However, it makes sense that it isnt getting enough power due to resistance of rotted wires. Again, thanks for that idea! Meanwhile, anyone know of a anything else I should look into? I mean other than lighting it on fire and pushing it off a cliff. :Twisted:
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Saturday, December 23rd, 2006 AT 9:07 PM
Tiny
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My 95 ford escort is having simalr problems, now I got it to where it will start after 3 turns when its cold, it will drive ok for a while, then while driving I will loose power, idle rough, and if I don't heep gassing it it will stall. Then it won't start again till the engine is cold. Ive replaced:

fuel pump
fuel filter
air filter
o2 sensor
and got from pick n pull
mass air flow sensor
idle air control valve
ignition module

and other small things like clamps and such to try and tie up any leaks.
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Sunday, December 24th, 2006 AT 3:28 AM
Tiny
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Just a suggestion, but if the car has been sitting for 2 years, then any gas that was left in the tank during those 2 years is probably varnish by now.

First thing I would do is make sure any old fuel is removed from the system, and second I would have the fuel system flushed. Rule out bad gas first.
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Sunday, December 24th, 2006 AT 6:02 AM
Tiny
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Yes, that sounds like a reasonable idea =P but this is the exact reason they took it off the road to begin with. This car is worth 800 bucks according to kbb, so if I cant fix it for under 300 im not gonna bother. If I do replace the pump, I will also replace the gas. Thanks for the replies though =P
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Sunday, December 24th, 2006 AT 8:55 AM
Tiny
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Bump for myself. I need helpp :(
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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 AT 2:15 AM
Tiny
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If the thermostat isn't closing, it will cause excessive fuel commands and may be drowning the plugs. Pull a plug and check the condition- raw fuel smell, rich condition looking?. A thermostat and plugs are cheap to try.
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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006 AT 6:18 AM

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