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95 Escort Engine Light - CID Sensor failure

95 Escort 1.9, Engine light comes on after 55MPH and car starts jerking or misfiring. I checked the codes and the code that came up is 214 Cylinder Identification circuit failure. I don’t know what to do with the code, I read somewhere that replacing the crankshaft postiion sensor could fix the problem. Is that correct or do I need to look somewhere else?



Thank you,

This code can be caused from a number of things.

A faulty Camshaft Position Sensor

A faulty Crankshaft Position Sensor

A faulty Ignition Control Module

A faulty Powertrain Control Module

First check all the electrical connectors for these components to make sure they’re clean and tight. Also check the wiring harnesses for these components for damage. If all seems good in these areas, then what should be done is use an OBDII code scanner that can pull OBDI codes to pin-point which component is causing the code.

Tester

It seems that there is general agreement on this code (214). With a signal from any sensor, you need to examine the wiring to and from the sensor. Check the wiring for abrasion and connection at connectors or other connection points. Use of a wiring diagram and a multimeter to check the wiring, and even signals from the sensor would be further assurance of the guess that the sensor is faulty. When you have removed all the stuff to get to, and replace, a sensor, that is an ideal time to do these double checks (you don’t want to regret not doing so, if, after everything is back together, you still have a problem.)
A dirty fuel filter may be adding to the problem. If the fuel filter is several years old, change it. A dirty fuel filter can put additional load on a fuel pump, possibly shortening its working life.