1984 Ford Escort engine dies when hot

Ford Escort

Engine dies when hot

Good Day -Please I need help on a 1984 Ford Escort 1.6 GLE
Car will switch off when hot and struggles to start. After a few minutes will start.  I have redone Weber carburetor, changed HT Leads, redone distributor, put on new timing belt, Timing is right, new plugs, new petrol pump, new coil, new fuel filter …. What can be the issue?

When the engine will not start is the best time to perform diagnostics. You will want to determine what you are not getting. An engine needs four things in order to run so once you figure that out you can concentrate on that area.

4 things required to make a car engine run

  1. Spark
  2. Fuel
  3. Compression – Perform a compression test
  4. Timing

Your engine runs once it starts so that rules out compression or timing as the problem. So we are left with fuel and spark to look at.  The next time it won’t start, spray some starting fluid in the air filter and see if it tries to start. If not you are most likely looking at an electrical issue related to not getting spark.

If you find it wants to run on the starting fluid you will need to concentrate on the fuel system. Check for adequate fuel pressure and carburetor float level.