Replaced fuel filter, car won't start

Asked by Apr 22, 2017 at 08:37 PM about the 1996 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My '96 Ford Escort recently cut out while I
was driving it. Upon finding that the fuel filter  
was extremely clogged, I replaced it, thinking  
that to be the issue. But now it still won't

7 Answers


Try spraying a little bit of starting fluid into the throttle body to see if it fires up. If the engine does start and die off, then it is a good indication that the fuel pump is bad.

Did that, still wouldn't start


If spraying starting fluid into the throttle bode did not start the engine, then there is a spark issue. Check for spark.


check engine light come on...? fuel shooting out at rail/intake? pressurs > 1994 – 96. 41—47. 31—44

So, I did as you said, checked for spark, and there is spark.

In response to Kelly: no; no; and I have no way of measuring the pressure, but seems low based on what I can tell


So does it start when putting some starting fluid or gas into the throttle body?

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