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Replaced alternator on 1997 ford escort and battery indicator lig

I replaced the alternator on 1997 ford escort.. I also change battery but inadvertently ? thanks so much

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  • marcuswells Dec 25, 2008

    For some reason my full question didnt post.. THe main problem is when I changed the batter on my 1997 Ford escort I inadvertantly touch opposite connectors. When that happend my radio stopped working and I noticed my battery ind light is on and not keeping charge. I changed alternator but batt indicator light is still on. Is the fuse to the radio possibly connected to a line that keeps flow to the battery or is this a separate problem. I cannot find the fuse for the radio. I looked under hood and its not there. I also looked in the main fuse area under dash on drivers side. no luck .. please help.. Thanks

  • marcuswells Dec 25, 2008

    Can you tell me where there may be some hidden fuses because I cant even find the radio fuse in the main fuse area.. Is there an inline fuse to the battery or alternator.. I just replaced the alternator

  • marcuswells Dec 25, 2008

    I appreciate the help but I still need to know if there are any hidden fuses because my 5a are not damaged..Do you mean a damaged battery cell.. Im not sure what you mean by cell..

  • marcuswells Dec 25, 2008

    thanks for the radio help but I still need help with the battery indicator light on. I removed the positve wire from new battery and car shuts off. I just put a new alternator in yesterday..Any idea of what else the problem could be.

  • marcuswells Dec 25, 2008

    thanks for the radio help but I still need help with the battery indicator light on. I removed the positve wire from new battery and car shuts off. I just put a new alternator in yesterday..Any idea of what else the problem could be.

  • marcuswells Dec 25, 2008

    Does my last comment change the answer any

  • marcuswells Dec 29, 2008

    Thanks for all your help. This was the problem. The connectors to the actual alternator were burned out.. People need to inspect this when replacing..

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    Mani Coi Jan 16, 2014

    What was the problem as our 97 Escort battery is NEW & wont hold a charge, battery light is ON

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Battery light is on and battery is not holding the charge because you have at lest one cell damaged
because of accidental short-circuits between the battery terminal. So most probably you need to get new one (in Sears starts from $49,99) For fuses location follow this link please
Good Luck
http://www.autozone.com/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/15/66/b3/0900823d801566b3/repairInfoPages.htm

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  • Grigory Zyryanov Dec 25, 2008

    For radio you need to look for blown 5A fuse

  • Grigory Zyryanov Dec 25, 2008

    The radio sometimes has 2 fuses, one under the drivers side and one under the hood. there should not be a fuse behind the radio especially if it is factory. If you have replaced all fuses and everything works but the radio, you may need to replace it too

    Good Luck

  • Grigory Zyryanov Dec 25, 2008

    If battery doesnot hold charge one cell (out of 6 or more) might be damaged and it looks like that ones battery not holding charge.

    If radio is not working and al fuses are fine (5A) or looks fine (I would replase them anyway) the sirarette ligter working and other thing on dash work I would lock the radio it might be damaged

    Good Luck

  • Grigory Zyryanov Dec 26, 2008

    You can check it by going to nearest Autozone store and for free check if the alternator giving charge to the battery and if battery has enough charge. After that you may either recharge/replace the battery, check the connections from alternator the the battery. And for radio if everything works but radio, radio is the problem (it can be connection issues too, but it looks like it is happened after you replace the alternator and install the battery).

    Good Luck

  • Grigory Zyryanov Dec 26, 2008

    Battery light might be also on because serpentine belt is too loose you might need to tight/adjust it more and see if light will go away. If battery is discharged Check Engine light should come up too.

    Good Luck

  • Grigory Zyryanov Dec 29, 2008

    A very detailed answer from TECHGURUS makes all of us wonder

    Good Luck

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So you have replaced the alternator and battery, check the following. Alternator belt tension. check the voltage at the plus terminal on the alternator must be 12 vaults if not the cable may have a bad connection at the battery end. with the engine running check the voltage across the battery terminals should be around 14 volts.if not voltage regulator is at fault .

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Connection problem definately getting loose somewhere or getting cut internally needs checking for sure.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand it would appear that you have more than 1 problem. To your concerns then:

  • fuse for the radio - there would be 2 fuses for the radio normally. Both are inline meaning the fuse and fuse holder is along the wire. There are 2 +12 connections to the radio, 1 for the always ON +12 while another from the ACC of the ignition switch. Location would be at the very rear of the radio together with the short wiring harness. In some instances, a fuse could be at the rear panel/cover of the radio below the connector behind a rectangular rubber/plastic strip;
  • battery ind light is on - indicates that the alternator is not putting out enough power to charge the battery or that the charging system indicator is faulty which could have been caused by the polarity reversal of the battery;
  • not keeping charge - wouold mean that either the alternator is not fully charging the battery, the battery is faulty or something is draining the power from the battery when the Ford is not in use. The last is a more likely possibility.
Polarity reversal on an automotive electrical system is always a challenging repair both in terms of time and effort. Every electrical component then becomes a suspect and must be diagnosed individually to eliminate possibility of being faulty. Some useful information:
  • polarity reversal would not affect bulbs;
  • but it would affect gauges, electronic components such as diodes, transistors.
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    Louie Role Dec 26, 2008

    Have the new alternator bench tested.

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Radio has it's own fuse in the back of the radio .========
to remove the radio:---- There are two ways to do this. The bruteish way and the proper way.
The proper wayThere should be two small holes on each side of the radio. Ether you could buy Ford Radio Keys (Walmart?), or you could make two U-shaped pins out of a wire coat hanger or similar to fit in the holes. Put a slight taper on the ends if you make your own. Insert them in the holes about 1 1/2 inches to release the retaining clips and the whole radio unit should be able to be removed.
The bruteish wayThis way (as you'll soon understands) means you will have to discard the radio unit afterwards, but saves quite a hassle.Get a cutter, like what you use to trim hedges and cut thick branches. Just physically schred off the front panel (all the gray plastic you can see that is part of the player), keeping sure that you don't damage anything else for estetic reasons. Cut and pull and tear untill you have a hole into the machine, then stick something inside to get leavage to physically force it out. You don't have to be careful with the components inside - what you need later is on the back. This won't leave marks on the car unless you mess it up. =============
or check number 8 fuse, it should be a 5 amp fuse 

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If the battery indicator is lit even with the car running, it is a preliminary indication that this system voltage is too low. It may be due to a fault in the alternator, a bad connection at the battery, or even a fuse on some models. Testing requires some knowledge of electrical testing with a digital voltmeter and a schematic for your car.

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