1994 automatic 1.9 ford escort wagon turns over but will not start

Asked by Sep 26, 2017 at 01:37 PM about the 1994 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I want to get this right because I really love this car
and am not planning on trashing it. To give a back
story on the car, I bought it off of a guy on Craigslist
who had two of them and wanted them both gone.
One had a timing belt issue that turned out to be a
lie and this one had front end damage from a deer
but has since been fixed and the only thing not fully
fixed is the radiator fan which was the only real
damage other than cosmetic. We drove the car an
hour home and it ran great. It has been parked
since I got it home and moved around to work on it
and clean it.

Now onto what happened. My brother’s car had
blown the radiator. We decided to drive my wagon
to get his girlfriend because she was off work. We
had the air conditioning running and radio on and
made it all the way to town. Half way there we
started hearing this clicking or ticking noise from
the passenger side of the car and the air
conditioning quit blowing. I dismissed it as the
broken fan frame had given out finally and was
banging the radiator because it was no longer
mounted. When we came to the first stop sign all
dash lights came on and the car just shut off. We
pushed it across the street to a dealership and let it
set while we talked. We started it back up and
made it to the next stop sign when it shut off again.
Started up and got to the diner and on our way up
the hill to the parking lot it lost power and again off
it went. We let it set for an hour or more and I put in
coolant. Made it half way back to my house when
the ticking got louder but would just randomly go
away or if you let off the gas it would stop for a
while. Then the car started losing power until it shut
off and we coasted pulling over. Had to tow it home
and it hasn’t started since. It’s been two weeks.

Upon trying to start the car the next day the ignition
started smoking. When I bought the car the plastic
start piece was unscrewed from the key ignition and
you would start the car with a screw driver and
unlock the wheel by putting the key in the ignition
because the metal inside of that had broken off and
no longer turned the ignition with the key. I put in a
new plastic ignition switch and no problem. Car
turned over fine, computer wasn’t reading any error
codes when plugged in, the damn thing just wasn’t

Fast forward to yesterday. I had already checked
fuses, spark, fuel, compression, etc. I finally
decided to take the timing cover off. Upon doing so
I noticed the timing belt was on the edge of the cam
with a little bit of overhang. If I tried I could slide the
belt back and forth a bit.

Not sure if it’s the belt, the timing, or something else

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