My poor daughter's 1995 ford escort keeps dying on her. The battery is new and the alternator is good. My husband will charge the battery and it will last a day or two. Then while driving home the lights will dim and the car will quit. This happened once again the other day and she waited ten minutes, started it up and made it another half a mile where we gave her a jump start and got her home. Please help, taking it to a shop is very expensive. She has already had other problems that we did have fixed and cost a bundle. She is fed up and does not want to put anymore into this than she has to.
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Re: battery wont stay charged
The voltage regulator is, I believe, built in to the alternator on your escort-some cars have them in a different location. So, although the alternator has checked out as working, was the voltage regulator function checked? Another possibility would be loose or corroded connections, most commonly at the battery, but also at any wires that connect to the alternator. I just had a problem w/ my Ford pickup-good battery and alternator, then I found a plug in wire on the alternator has a gasket to seal out grime and dirt, it was torn and the connection was badly corroded at all the contacts. Cleaned up the connection, and everything is fine. Hopefully it's as cheap and easy to fix as mine was. Let me know how u make out. Good luck.
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Check and clean and tighten all battery, starter, and alternator connections. Also the battery and engine to chassis grounds. Did you have the battery " load tested" as a good test requires? Take the battery out and have it charged up. If the alternator is good, you should not have any more problems. But if you need a jump after a few days to start it, then either the alternator or the battery is just not up to par. Have the alternator tested while on the car and running. Good luck.
I had the same problem. My car sat for a few days and when i went to start it i heard an extremely loud pop (kind of like a backfire). After that it would start and sound fine, but die 2 seconds later. Thank god my bf is a mechanic he knew instantly that the pcv valve hose that connects to the intake manifold unplugged itself. He plugged it back in and it runs fine now. I didnt however get a check engine light, but i only tried to start it twice before he fixed it because i was scared it jumped time.
it sounds like you have blown fuse to the Alternator.. I don't know what car you are talking about but they charging systems vary.. But if alternator isn't getting all the power it needs it won't charge. this should be checked.
Check all your fuses..you should have one for the alternator, or it might say Batt. or it even may say Charge... and if your battery keeps dying out, and the alternator is being checked with a voltmeter, and its showing good..then your problem is somewhere else....Also check your connections to the alternator..Sometimes they burn out on fords.. Also check your cables that on your battery...And make sure the terminals are good/clean, and tight...Goodluck...
keep in mind, your engine use both source of power to run, one from the battery and one form alternator. If the alternator is good, your engine should stay running regardless if the battery is good or bad, the alternator should keep the engine running. It sound like to me the alternator is faulty not charging your battery or keeping your engine running, even though the alternator is brand new does not mean is good. My guess I would take the alternator back and get another one. the reason why your car ran for 25 min and die it has no source of power to keep the sparks going although the alternator should keep the engine running and at the same time charging the battery but is not.
May I suggest that you drive your car to one of the major auto stores and they can and will check your alternator for you to make sure it is good/bad.These places like AutoZone do this all the time. They do not charge for the check out. (Of course they are hoping that if you need a part you will buy it from them.
One other suggestion. If you do need a new alternator, get a rebuilt one. It is cheaper and most always comes with a warranty.
Hope this helps Good luck Loringh PS please take a moment to give me a rating
Check all grounds running from all electrical, If there is not a good contact this problem will occur, when you locate the ground surface take sandpaper or even a knife and scrape or sand the connector and the ground surface then reconnect it, It should return to normal if not then it could be a solenoid possibly but not sure