Question about 1994 Ford Escort
First, make sure you replaced the battery with the terminals in the correct spot. Some batteries have opposite positive and negative ends. Red to red and black to black(neg). With a small car the biggest draw is the starter. If you can get everything going you can take it to Autozone, Murrays, or Reillys and they can lay a guage on the starter wire and tell you if the starter is going bad.
If you have anything on in the car when you reinstall your battery, their will be a spark of varying degrees.
Your underhood light will cause the battery to spark. So will the heater or A/C if the controls are not turned to OFF. The rear window defroster is a big drain and if the relay is stuck on you will get a big spark. The radio would spark less if it was on when the battery was reattached. Also the automatic headlights will cause a spark.
Since you started replacing the battery, I am guessing this problem may be causing a dead battery.
Unless the battery tests bad, a short will draw down about anything you put in the car until the short is fixed.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
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