Overheated while driving, lost compression, engine shut off will not restart

Tiny
FABIAN LAMAR MILLER
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  • 1999 FORD ESCORT
  • 227,000 MILES
Driving home on the highway car lost compression and the temperature gauge went all the way down then the car cut off. It would not restart after cooling down. It seems like it is not getting any spark or fire. Why is that?
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 AT 8:49 AM

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Tiny
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Good morning.

You may have damaged the engine from the overheating.

I would check the timing belt to see if it failed. You can verify that by doing a compression test.

If that has failed, you will not have any spark.

Roy

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/head-gasket-blown-test

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-engine-compression

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-timing-belt-works
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 AT 10:19 AM
Tiny
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I assume you meant the engine stalled and not lost compression.
I will also assume the temperature gauge dropped to zero, maybe because it just lost voltage to it and that is also why the engine stalled.
Check all of the fuses, especially the ones that are for the fuel pump, the fuel injectors, ignition and computer.
I assume the starter does crank the engine over.
Do you hear the fuel pump run for two seconds after you first turn the ignition key to run, before you turn it to start?
Let me know if there is a check engine or security light remaining on or flashing.
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 AT 10:21 AM

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