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2000 Ford Escort will not start

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Sep 30, 2012, 4:53 PM

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2000 Ford Escort will not start Sign In

Escort ZX2
4 Cyl 2.0L
90,000 mi (give or take)

Last night my car stopped running and I was forced to get it towed home. I stopped at a red light and noticed smoking coming out from the hood. I managed to get the car to the side of the road and though I put water and coolant in the coolant tank, the tank was empty and the radiator was bone dry. The car is not starting and is producing a rough grinding noise with any attempts (I'm not sure how else to describe it. If posting a video of the sound would be of help, I can do that.) A friend suggested that the pistons don't sound like they are moving while my stepfather said that may not be the case as the "crank" was moving.

I have replaced the O2 sensor little more than a year ago as suggested by a digital diagnostic and a few months ago replaced the PCV hose for the same reason. I have had a couple of instances with overheating but only very recently. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Sep 30, 2012, 4:59 PM

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Re: 2000 Ford Escort will not start Sign In

You probably just learned a very expensive lesson. You drove it too how and probably fried the engine now. Fix the coolant leak first and see what you have.


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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Sep 30, 2012, 5:00 PM)

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