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Electrical sytem dies then returns when cooled down

My1996 ford contour runs for about 5-10 minuts then the electrical system shuts down as if the battery was dieing. then after the car sits for 5-10 minutes the power returns and car starts only to repeat scenario again. I have replaced both the batery and the alternator with no change to symptoms.

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  • 240cpa May 11, 2010

    You need to get a computer diagnosis to find out if the system is showing any trouble codes. Some auto parts stores will check this for free.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    The car will just sometimes turn over and not start. Battery never dies. Can leave it sit for a bit then it will start up again.

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Ford has a technical service bulletin out that may fit your concern.
ISSUE:
The charging system indicator may illuminate or vehicle may not start. This may be caused by a discharged battery due to a poor electrical connection at the generator terminal.

2.0L

  1. Replace generator B+ cable with a new Cable (F5RZ-14300-FA).
  2. Replace the generator B+ terminal with a new Terminal (F3RZ-10329-AB).
  3. Install new B+ cable retaining nut and tighten to 10.6 ±1.6 N-m (8 ±1 lb-ft).
2.5L
  1. Replace generator B+ cable with new Cable (F5RZ-14300-EA).
  2. If the generator B+ terminal is damaged, replace the Generator (F6RZ-10346-BB).
  3. Install new B+ cable retaining nut and tighten to 10.6 ±1.6 N-m (8 ±1 lb-ft).

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin Jan 31, 2009

    The TSB number is 98-9-10

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