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Old 09-17-2003, 11:24 PM
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88 Escort, no start

Okay... A tricky one here. My cousin has an 88 escort that just died on her in traffic. It sounds like it will turn over but wont. IE. It doesnt make any puttering noises when you turn the key, it just makes and even "trying to start sound" but never kicks over.

I checked everything first and found that there is no spark. Replaced the cap/rotor cause they were gone. It started for about 5 secs. then died. So I replaced the ignition coil and same thing, still no spark, or atleast no arking when I ground a screwdriver to the bottom of a plug boot. So I'm lost on this one?!?! What else would make the car not start like this? Ideas?

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I've heard this could be from a "pick-up coil"? what is it? Sorry but I'm a GM person and dont care for ford much so WTH is a pick-up coil?

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Old 09-17-2003, 11:50 PM
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Pick up coil is in the distributor. Common failure in ford, also could be a bad ign. module. I prefer to change both on an ign failure.
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Old 09-18-2003, 12:12 AM
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Yeah just spent about 2 hours online researching this. Not much clear info, but the majority seems to point to a bad pick-up coil or ign. module. Only in a ford!

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