Miss Firing? on 1994 Ford Escort

So this started happening 2 weeks ago; I'll be driving along then my car start's to shutter and shake. as if it were miss firing or not getting any fuel. so i went to napa and they told me to change the fuel filter. and i did, but after i took it for a test drive it was acting even worse and back-firing like no other. as i've notice it only happens when the engine is warm. im starting to think it's and injector going bad? any ideas?

by in Spokane, WA on May 30, 2010
3 answers 1 comment
ANSWER by on May 30, 2010
First and foremost, inspect your spark plugs and ignition wires. If they are more than 60k old, they may need replacement. This is the first issue I check when a car misfires under load. As the engine heats up, the mixture gets leaner and it takes more voltage to ignite it.
ANSWER by on May 30, 2010
Back firing is usually a sign of the air/fuel ratio going lean. To find an intermittent problem like this I "tee into" the fuel line and tape a fuel pressure gauge to the windscreen so I can monitor fuel pressure when the problem occurs. I also drive around with a timing light attached to one of the spark plug wires, when the vehicle falters I pull the trigger on the timing light and see if I have spark if not I check the ignition system and wiring and sensors associated with the ignition system. If uncertain about the spark plugs replace them, inspect the color and condition of the plugs you take out. Intermittent problems are hard to find and your vehicle has limited diagnostic capabilities. Understanding how each system works, having a good wiring diagram and volt/ohm meter and patience are required to trouble shoot this kind of problem.
COMMENT by on June 17, 2010
I am having a similar problem with a 98 escort 2.0 liter. Mine isn't back firing but it is starving for fuel, I changed the plugs, wire's, and fuel pump but it didn't help. It is getting gas to the valve on the fuel rail, so would it be the injectors?
ANSWER by on June 11, 2010
My car had similar symptoms. There is a electronic air-flow valve that sits on top of the air intake that regulates the air flow when the vehicle is idling. I was able to remove the valve and clean it with carburetor cleaner. The car now idles nicely and only stalls when my daughter dumps the clutch at a red light.
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