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2000 focus hachback

The car will not start befor i replace the starter ( hard to get to ) can anyone tell me how long with a dead battery the key will stay programed in the computer. also some one replaced the stock radio but ran after that please help

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Key will not stay programmed for long ,disconnect battery .starter relay can be made to work quite easly same as fuel relay,but try by-passing the ECU to get the dammed thing to spark ????its an impossibility without a wiring diagram for the ECU so you can solder a switching transistor to join the collector and the emmiter .Call the main dealer and hope you dont lay the golden egg ,re-programming a car thats lost it memory from a dead battery sould not cost more than 200€ but i have have headr of cases where its the old golden egg job ,,,,,,new ECU 800+€ can fit a secondhand one only new ----???---¡¡¡ repair cost more the value of the car

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