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Ford Escape 2008 inconsistently starts.

Inconsistently starts. No clicking. grinding or other noise when turn key when it doesn't start the engine. IF it will start, it seems to do so, sometimes, if one really pushes the key inward and then back. Battery is good. Scared to turn it off when going anywhere and can't depend on it to start if it's turned off.

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Sometimes the starter switch solonoid on the right side fender wall works intermittent. Very easy to replace and does not cost very much --- has two poles that supply voltage to starter and one small pole that supplies voltage from the key when energized --- when voltage from key is supplied the solonoid snaps closed supplying voltage to starter to start the engine-- most autopart companies will sell a generic brand for less than 20 dollars. Otherwise it may be in the steering Column. to test this you will need test light to determine that everytime to turn the key power goes over to that original solonoid -- if not it may be in the steering Column

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SOURCE: when i turn the key the escape wont start it just ...

That noise is probably the starter solenoid rattling because the battery charge is low. Start out with a jump or make sure the battery is fully charged up.

Posted on Jun 06, 2010

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SOURCE: 2005 ford escape, starting problems. The battery

If the battery tests that it is holding a charge and has plenty of volts to otherwise start the vehicle then I would be willing to bet that it is the starter. Try following the red or positive battery cable down to the starter. Have some one turn the key to the start position while you or someone else gently taps on the starter with a hammer to see if it is just stuck. If this does not work, i would take the starter out of the vehicle and take it to a parts store and have it tested before buying a new one.

Posted on Nov 11, 2010

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SOURCE: 2001 ford escape suddenly will not start. Battery

Does it try to start at all? Is the engine turning fast enough to start? Does the engine sound like it might be turning faster then it did before?

If the engine is turning over like it usually does, try spraying some starter fluid in the air intake to see if it'll run for a couple seconds on that. If it does, then you know you have a fuel issue.

If the engine is turning over faster then it did before, you probably have a broken timing belt.

If it doesn't run on the starter fluid, then check for spark. If it has spark then you probably have a broken timing belt.

Check these things first and I'll be able to help you more after you post the results of these trouble shooting tests.

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SOURCE: Ford Escape 2003 Have good battery charge but

New battery needed or a trickle charger when vehicle not being used

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Testimonial: "Pushed it out our narrow drive and jump started it. Off to get battery tested/buy a new one. Thanks for the quick response."

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SOURCE: deisel ford transit, turn the key to start and

titen the cables at batt posts and maybe at the starter motor--cud be corrosion also--the starter may be a lemon--ask dealer or go online for any service bullitins

Posted on Jun 14, 2011

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