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/90 ford festiva no power to anything fusible

/90 ford festiva no power to anything fusible links seem ok accidently touched vice grips to metal around starter small quick spark stereo went dead thought i blew stereo fuse noticed no power at all should have disconnected batt. was changing fuel filter happened when gripping hose clamp

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  • carhob May 11, 2010

    did you chekc main fuse



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I would replaceing the fusible link that says main i am pretty sure that it is in the middle they will look good but can be bad

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No power motor will not crank ,no lights no nothing all fuses are ok what is wrong

Start with the battery. Make sure it is at a full state of charge, at least 12.6 volts on a voltmeter. If it is under 12 volts have it charged, or if battery is over 4 years old, best to replace it.

With a good battery, clean all battery connections. Get rid of all corrosion so you have a clean metal to metal contact. A solution of water and baking soda helps a lot. Replace questionable battery cables. Then get a good tight fit on all cables, battery, starter, and ground.

Now if you still have no power to anything, lights, or switch, horn, anything...then you will have to find the fusible links just off the battery that distribute power to the head light switch, to the key switch, to parts of the fuse panel, etc. If fusible links blow, they can be cut out and replaced. They act like fuses, designed to burn out to protect the rest of the circuit from burning up from a short or amperage surge from a shorted electric motor. Once you get power to the lights and the key switch, you should be good. Go from there.

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I had to replace my alt.on my 93 ford festiva abd when i hit the wire to the frame it sparked so I disconnected the battery cable, but when I hooked the cable back up the fusible link cought fire, I blew...

Pull the remnants of the fusible link out with a small pair of pliers. The ends are a standard blade type plug. Replace the link with a 40 amp cartridge type fuse. The "long leg" type is plug and play. You probably just stressed the fusible link meaning it did its job. My bet is that you pop in the cartridge fuse and you will be good to go. I run these in all of my festivas. So do hundreds of people on It is THE place for all things festiva. There are thousands of knowledgable helpful members there. Join up for free there. I am neanderpaul there.

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My ford festiva has been runnin great for the past 3 yrs and alternator light flashed and alternator went out i parked my car puller battery cable off and went in house for couple hours went back out to...

It is your main fusible link. It is located in the center of a block of 3 fusible links located in the engine bay on the front of the drivers side strut tower. Usually it is corrosion. You can usually unplug the lInk, clean it off and replace it. A wise upgrade is a cartridge type fuse. Join us for free at for ALL festiva answers. They last forever. I've seen 10 with over 500,000 miles!

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1990 ford festiva no power to fuel pump. replaced relays , fuel pump, checked safety shutoff. nothing .. ran hot wire to fuel pump and pump worked but car still not trying to start. got spark. now what

The pump should have a fuse in the fuse block. You need to check for power in the fuse block and you need to check power to the pump relay.

Sometimes there is a fusible link to the Relay. If you check the connector terminals for power where the Relay plugs in, you can determine if the fusible link has blown. You could have already replaced the bad parts and now need to restore power to the Relay.

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95 ford festiva cooling fans don't work . air conditioner does not work have checked fuses and circuit breaker all seems to be ok. help

The cooling fans are turned on by a censor. The air conditioner not to sure. Need to see if it is getting power.

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Can't figure out how to change the battery

I believe your question is more to the point of "How do I get access to the battery so I can change it out?"
It's ugly, but not THAT bad.
Standing at the front of the vehicle, the battery is under the "electrical center" to your left, on the passenger side. You have to get some stuff out of the way to get to the battery...
1. Remove keys from vehicle
2. Remove the plastic shield covering the wiper motor and linkage along the top-left of the engine compartment. This shield is just held in place with metal clips.
3. Remove the stiffening strut on the left side. This is the large metal tube that goes from the left-rear corner of the engine compartment to the front of the engine bay, next to the radiator cap. 3 large bolts hold this in place, you may need a 1/2" breaker bar to loosen them, with a 13mm or 15mm socket. Slide the bar out of the "electrical center" (fuse box) and out of the vehicle.
4. Move the Electrical Center off to one side. Nearly all of the electrical wiring for the vehicle goes through this, so there are lots and lots of wires to shove out of the way. Make sure the main positive feed at the front of the box is insulated and won't touch any metal parts when you twist the box out of the way. You may want to get a bungie cord to hold the box off to one side. If you have to remove that main feed to get enough slack to move the box, remember that this cable end is HOT, don't short it to anything! Cover that cable end with piece of rubber hose or some other insulator.
5. Disconnect the Negative battery connection. This is the connection closest to the side of the vehicle. Usually uses an 8mm socket to loosen it. Whatever tool you use, make sure that you don't short it to the positive side of the battery.
6. Disconnect the Positive battery connection. There should be a plastic safety cap over the bolt.
7. Loosen the battery hold-down bolt at the base of the battery, between the two cable connections.
8. Lift the battery out of the engine bay.
Now, you know why you should buy a good quality battery for this vehicle. Buy a cheapo, and you'll pay for more hard labor. :)

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never change a link or fuse with a larger one. It is there to protect the remainder of the system. You need to find out what is wrong and fis that probem.

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Fusible link in 1993 festiva

what was the result of taking off the positive battery cable while vehicl was running? please reply with the result

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1992 Ford Festiva GL with automatic trans.--- ignition control module contact

Try to remove fusible links from the connection, clean with aerosol electronic contact cleaner(both sides of the connection) close the female side of the connecting terminal and reconnect.
Alternatively just spray connections with above mentioned cleaner, or replace links with alternative from another vehicle that uses heavy duty fuses with same amperage rating.
Visit your local car breaker for a variety vehicles to source a suitable fuse assembly or enquire at your local (non agent) spares outlet.

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