You say it had full battery power. If it stopped dead, instantly, I would suspect electrics, if it chugged and missed as though running out of petrol then fue.l Do you mean it had full spark to all plugs? Remember a car needs fuel, spark and compression to run. If you disconnect your fuel feed at the engine and turn the ignition on if it is an electric pump it will pump petrol out, if it is a manual pump you will have to turn the engine over a couple of times. If a carburretor, take the air filter off and make sure that you are getting fuel, the float may have stuck. You can buy for less than a fiver a small device that measures the spark, plug it into a plug lead and touch the other end on the plug top, when cranking the engine you can see the spark. The device pivots open and closed you keep opening it so the spark has a longer distance to jump it has a scale on it saying how good or bad the spark is. The same is used on the lead from coil to distributor. This will tell you whether your electrics are ok. If not getting a spark need to make sure you are getting 12v to the coil from your ignition, again a voltmeter is less than a fiver. Would be unusual for compression to be down. a compression tester can be bought quite cheaply from motor accessory shops and pushes into spark plug holes.
Could be in need of a good tune up.
Perhaps the alternator is not charging the battery adequately check with a voltmeter A fully charged battery should read around 12.8 (without engine running) With engine running reading should be 13.8-14.2
Maybe because your alternator is not working. While the engine is running, test the battery with a volt meter, anything less than 13 volts is a problem Should have min of 14 volts. If its at 12 volts, then replace the alternator.
Check your fuses. I have a '99 Escort ZX2 and the motor simply quit as I was driving down the road. Turned out to be a blown fuse.
Problem with the electrical system. More than likely alternator is bad.
Are the nights cold? This is usually a battery problem. The night time temp is lower and is zapping your old or weak battery. Might get by with servicing the battery, but probably need a new battery
A ( 1981 ) Ford Escort takes a BCI group size ( 58 ) battery
Battery is located in the trunk.
OK, it has a battery. What are you wanting to know?
What does it mean when the airbag light and battery light on 1999 Ford Escort flashes?
Hi, the battery in my 86 Escort Wagon is in the back, behind the rear seat on the driver's side. Hope this helps.
the battery is in the trunk on the left side
Can be a leak so slight that it evaporates before you see it. This can be anywhere in the fuel system. A rich running engine may do the same but a performance problem would usually be present as well.
bad alternatornot always.if its a bad battery and can't hold a charge the same thing will happen.I had a 99 s-10 that would occasionally die at the pump or even while driving, I had a new defective battery, replaced under warranty, no more problem.I would have the alternator checked out before replacing it if that is the problem. I had my replaced and it wasn't cheap...$630 to be exact. The new alternators run around $200 and most mechanics will change the serpentine belt when they replace the alternator so this MAY be an added expense.If the alt is working properly, you can remove one of the battery cables while the engine is running and it will continue to idle. If it dies then the alt needs to be replaced.
why the hell are you driving a 79 ford escort?
check your alternator may be going bad
replace battery cable ends
Only if your alternator is not working properly. If you are always charging your battery, check your alternator belt. That was the solution for my escort, a new $10.00 belt.
either alternator or wrong size battery
Check fuel. plugs, battery, wires
I have a 1996 ford escort that will not start and it has a new starter on it and a new battery in it but it still will not start
you would have dimming lights lack of electrical functions and after the voltage of the battery drops past a certain point your vehicle would stop running
Remove battery, its mounted to the firewall I believe....
Check the Battery and cables and if it's not that it could be the alternator.
Sounds like a connection problem from the battery to the car. Easiest way to find out is to get a jump start from another car, if it works then it's the battery, if not then is either the battery cable or an alarm/immobiliser that is still armed.