My car started up fine and drove it for about 2 blocks and when I stopped at a stop sign it shut off. It started back up but shut right off again. Now it won't start at all.

Asked by Ejs106 May 31, 2014 at 10:02 PM about the 1998 Ford Escort 2 Dr ZX2 Cool Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I tried jumping it but didn't work. The
battery seems fine. What could it be

6 Answers


The way it sound,s by your post,your out of gas,or fuel pump went plop.


At first it sounds like a idle problem , ,when was your last tuneup & when do you last change your air & gas filters ..

Check your distributor, i had the same problem with my ford telstar before i sent the distributor for service and its fixed

This just happened to ours. It was the fuel pump. Replaced and running fab again.

I had replaced the battery and hooked it up backwards on accident (not car knowledgeable) and it fried the alternator which caused it to go down road a bot then die and jumping would let it run for a second then cut off immediately. Got new alternator works like new

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