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2000 Ford Focus ZX3 won't start

I have a new battery, I was able to start it this morning 11-17-2008, went to work, went out to lunch it started, came back and it would not start. This happened once before I had the battery for about a year and it would not start, I took the battery in and they said it was a completly dead battery....I have had the battery since September of 2008 and now it won't start again. Could this be a bad battery? Bad battery cables? The starter? The alternator? any assistance will be so nice.

Thank you Kimberly

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  • kimmer1972 Nov 18, 2008

    I will check that out tomorrow and let you know what happens....then just like you said we will go from there...thanks again for the helpful information.

  • theofelix Dec 13, 2008

    my focus starts with a slow crank or no problem with a jump, however i had taken it to parts store to have checked & they said the battery didnt even have enough charge to allow them to get a reading on the alternator
    when its running the battery light usually stays on, but every so rarely the battery light will go off with a little rev @ standstill
    it started off with all the electrical "flickering" and then the battery light started coming on with more frequency
    i had also tried charging the battery but it did not seem to take...
    i put the battery back in and have been using jumper cables when needed, although lately it seems to hold enough charge to crank it as long as i turn engine off after all electrical components
    does anyone have anything to suggest?


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Hi Kimberly, 1st u need to check the battery to see if it needs a charge. Did u try to jump start the car, or try to charge the battery? If u can get it to run, bring it to a parts store, most offer free check of the charging system. It's possible that the alternator is overcharging the battery, which will result in battery failure, or undercharging, resulting in a battery needing a charge.
Check the battery terminals (where the cables attach). Make sure there is no corrosion. Remove cables and clean up connections w/ fine sandpaper (u can buy a special tool for this, maybe $6 or so). To prevent future corrosion, coat battery cables/terminals with grease, or vaseline will work. If the charging system checks out ok, next thing to check would be the starter. Let me know what u find after checking my list, if u still have a problem, we can continue from there. Good luck, let me know whats going on.

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If this is a automatic car, put the gear in neutral and try starting.If it starts the problem may be the switch at the gear which is not going to "on" position.
I had this problem with my Ford car,which will start sometime.Now I tackle this problem by slightly shifting gear.

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Does engine turn over yes or no ?? if no are the lights working ,if so try the spare key if that doesnt work but lights are bright then lock and unlock car three times slowly and jump in and try to start car within 15 secs if starter still doesnt tirn then its dealer only to release the immobiliser

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