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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Re: 2000 focus hachback
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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i would say check all the fuses again, both in passenger compartment and under the hood. plus, the mechanic should be responsible for this issue. it also sounds like you battery is not fully charged. i would also suspect, the starter was changed without disconnecting the battery and something was shorted as he installed the starter. good luck
I have a 2000 as well and I noticed a lot of vehicles in 2000 came out with smartcar chips in them as well as the key. I would check into your car and see if maybe you have the wrong key or if maybe if you do have a smart key if it has some loose wiring in the computer system. That's all I can think of sorry.
Because the ignition switch wire (small purple wire) or connector is touching the hot post on the starter.So when you connect the battery it just like turning the ignition key to start the engine. Make sure all the wires on the starter are not touching each other.
will not blame anyone 1st have you checked the black fuse box under the hood?if not,then look for main relay box(black) remove the cover,then look under the cover lid for relay locations. find starter relay.have some one Put their finger on top of the black square starter relay,then you turn your key switch to "on" does the relay that the fingers on click? if so,its'good. you also have what garages call a fuseable link.it's a hard black peice of rubber thats located in between the starter and the battery. but 1ST LETS COVER THE MAIN ISSUES WITH NO START! IS BATTERY FULLY CHARGED?A MUST! WHEN YOUR CAR IS ALL THE WAY IN PARK AND YOU TURN THE KEY TO START,NOTHING AS MUCH AS A CLICK? DID YOU HEAR A CLICK? GO TOWARDS A BAD STARTER CONNECTION,OR BAD STARTER.ARE STARTER BOLTS TIGHT? IS BATTERY TERMINALS TIGHT,THINK I ASKED THIS EARLIER BUT JUST 2 B SURE.
Check the battery state of charge and condition.
If the dash lights are not visible or very dim when turning the
ignition key on, the battery has either failed internally or
discharged, the battery cables are loose, excessively corroded or
damaged, or the alternator has failed or internally shorted,
discharging the battery. Charge or replace the battery, clean or
replace the battery cables, and check the alternator output.
Check the operation of the neutral safety
switch. On automatic transmission vehicles, try starting the vehicle
in both Park and Neutral. On manual transmission vehicles, depress the
clutch pedal and attempt to start. On some vehicles, these switches
can be adjusted. Make sure the switches or wire connectors are not
loose or damaged. Replace or adjust the switches as necessary.
Check the starter motor, starter solenoid or
relay, and starter motor cables and wires. Check the ground from the
engine to the chassis. Make sure the wires are not loose, damaged, or
corroded. If battery voltage is present at the starter relay, try
using a remote starter to start the vehicle for test purposes only.
Replace any damaged or corroded cables, in addition to replacing any
Check the engine for seizure. If the engine has
not been started for a long period of time, internal parts such as the
rings may have rusted to the cylinder walls. The engine may have
suffered internal damage, or could be hydro-locked from ingesting
water. Remove the spark plugs and carefully attempt to rotate the
engine using a suitable breaker bar and socket on the crankshaft
pulley. If the engine is resistant to moving, or moves slightly and
then binds, do not force the engine any further before determining the
Sounds like your starter solenoid has gone bad, if you can get to the start, with a test light probe the small wire to get for voltage while some one holds the key to start, if test light lights up you have a bad starter, replace it.If you need to get your car home or some wheres else some time if some one holds the key to start and you hit the starter some times it will start.
I just got a Focus myself with "special" key. Only came with one. You can't start car if key is not a transponder key. If yours was intermittantly working, I'd guess you now have a bad key.
You cannot make key yourself. You have to get dealer or locksmith to program it.
You can make a key yourself only if you have two working keys. I know ,sounds like a scam to make more money for Ford. I bought two keys off ebay for $25, now I need to get programmed. First quote I got was $110 for one key!!! And I have a working one.
But if you have no working ones, like you do, you have to tow to dealer or have locksmith reprogram, and I'd guess for more money!!!!