Ford escort 1998, with variable fuel pump controlled by cpu. Requres 3 or 4 turns to get the car started. Once it is going there are no issues. Have changed and serviced plugs, air filter , wires regularly. No error codes from check engine light.
Here is what I have done
1)Changed fuel filter...no difference
2)Measured fuel pressure. Ok when running 30psi vs a spec of 25 to 35. Fuel pressure falls to 0 almost as soon as engine turned off.
3)Figured it might be a leaky injector..changed all 4. $200 later...pressure falls to 0 as soon as pump turned off.
4)followed lines from fuel tank..no leaking gas anywhere.