I have two friends that have a 2002 escort. Will start in the garage and run. when they take it to work (this is winter) it has to be jumped. I took a charger and it had 13.0 volts when I checked it. They were using 10w30 oil I changed it to the 5w10 that it had on the fill cap. They called me and said that it is still suffering the same problem!! can you give me a hint on what can be the problem?
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Re: 2002 escort has problems starting in winter...
I would first have the battery tested, it may have enough power to start the car in a warm garage but not enough outside when it is cold. It is not the volts that start the car, it is the cold cranking amps, testing will tell you how much the battery has left.
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ever tune it up, try new spark plugs. gapped to spec. starts fine and runs fine, not said the latter....????
Cold starts are the hardest, takes these things to start good. cold. 1: go winter fuel (if cold out, isit? then winter fuel works best) 2: a good engine and good spark plugs, (hot spark) 3: good cold start fueling, to get #3 the modern car 89- now. needs a working and accurate ECT sensor, this tells the ECU exactly how much fuel to use. if the ECT reads warming than REALITY, the fueling will be weak and may not start or stall fast.
no location stated, nor if car is a daily driver, that is fresh fuel every week,,,,
try turning the key on but not as far as it takes to turn on the dash lights,shift to neutral,then start the car,Check the brake lights,if they dont work,replace the brake switch at the pedal,that switch allows for you to shift out of park when running
Most likely your battery is dead. Have someone give you a "jump" from their car and see if that does it. Otherwise you will have to get it hauled into a garage where they can check out your systems and isolate your problem. good luck with it.
Check the temp sensors on the engine, if they give a bad reading it will make the engine run poorly, be hard to start etc...
Take car to garage and get them to run the diagnostics on the computer, I reckon it is a temp sensor that only works when it is warm...
your battery is dead. The electric clicking is a telltale sign that the battery is weak or depleted and does not have enough juice to turn over the starter. This is extremely common when the car is left to sit for an extended period without being used.
the clicking you hear is the starter solenoid trying to engage the starter, but the battery is to weak to do so.
There are a couple solutions. First you can get a set of jumper cables and jump the s2000 with anther battery. Once the car is running the battery will alutomatically begin to recharge.
the second is to buy and use whats called a trickle charger or 'battery tenderizer' this is a small device that you plug into the car and it will automatically keep the battery charged over extended periods of time without the risk of over charging the battery. If you use one of these it will also slowly charge yoru current battery enough overnight for it to work in the morning.
For a short term solution, you could run a small electric heater within the engine compartment which will keep everything nice and warm for your early morning starts. I remember my father using an extension trouble light and leaving it under the engine compartment during the winters.
The battery may need to be replaced, the battery is not holding a charge or you didn't run car long enough. Try boosting again and let the car run for about 1/2 an hour to 1 hr. Then try to start the next day. If it doesn't start you will need a new battery. Even when you don't drive this vehicle especially in the winter time you should start this car and let it run for about 10 minutes once every week. Good Luck contact me if you need more help