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1999 Ford Escort "Cool" 2dr Coupe ZX2 Cool

1999 Ford Escort
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Subcompact
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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December 3, 2012, 5:14 pm

David B

Question: ford escort wont start but makes a spinning or whirring sound

ive got a 1987 4 door escort wagon, it was running fine then wouldnt start. when i turn the key it makes a spinning or whirring sound. all the lights work and just changed the starter. any suggestions?

December 8, 2012, 12:54 pm

Elizabeth K

If you hear a spinning sound, does it sound like the engine turning over? If so, here's a troubleshooting guide:

If the sound is something different, and you have already replaced the starter with a new one and the noise did not change, then it is possible you have a problem with the flywheel itself. You'll need to have a mechanic verify that to be sure.

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