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Electrics on ford escort 1.8d van 1994

The electrics on my van have gone wierd. Either they work or they don't sometimes when I turn on any of them the whole lot fail or they just make a buzzing sound. They do not appear to be working from the alternator but from the battery. Some times the engine cannot be turned off even when the ignition is turned off and the key removed when I have to stall the van please help me

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  • oldnotdead Jan 11, 2009

    is it charging???



    I am fairly sure it is but the internal dash icon light is glowing dimly when the engine is idling slowly and when I am driving the light glows a bit brighter. Having said that the battery has been in the van for the last 3 or 4 days and has started the van even when it has been very cold although it does take a while to fire it up.

  • oldnotdead Jan 13, 2009

    Hi Alicantecoli,



    Thanks for your input, but you must have misread my previous comment, it is the battery icon light that glows dimly when the engine is running not the interior light. The van seems to be working fairly normally at the moment except for the dim glow of the battery icon. When I first turn the ignition key the icon which used to be very bright then go out as the van was running now seems to be only half as bright and then stays dim when the van is running, the belt may still need a bit of tightening up but seems to be nearly ok.

  • oldnotdead Jan 13, 2009

    Hi Alicantecoli,



    Thanks for your input, but you must have misread my previous comment, it is the battery icon light that glows dimly when the engine is running not the interior light. The van seems to be working fairly normally at the moment except for the dim glow of the battery icon. When I first turn the ignition key the icon which used to be very bright then go out as the van was running now seems to be only half as bright and then stays dim when the van is running, the belt may still need a bit of tightening up but seems to be nearly ok.

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    Colin Stickland May 11, 2010

    is it charging???

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Dodgy switch in a door pillar is the cause of the interior light staying on,engine needs new valve /solonoid for it to stop ,the rubber seal on the bottom has perished and you cant buy that on its own,its a complete unit about 70€ .fits on top of the injector pump under the antitheft shroud

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