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Car has starting problems

I’ve recently bought a ford escort 1.6 (R reg) and have been experiencing starting problems, a friend of mine replaced the starter motor and the battery.
But says that I have an earth fault. The car will only start if he moves 1 of the earth wires to another point on the car or if I push the car or use jump leads from another cars battery. if i use the car again within a couple of hours it might start but if i leave it for longer than that i can forget it!

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  • danwray879 Jun 04, 2009

    both the battery and the starter motor were brand new and all other electrics are fine so my friend said the alternator was ok

  • danwray879 Jun 11, 2009

    i've aquirred a volt meter? (yellow box with digital display & + / - leads) i hooked this up to my battery with ignition off and the reading was 9.2v, then i bumped the car and got it started and tried again and it read 11.4v. the battery is a 12v so does this mean i need a new allternator (it's the only thing i haven't changed for new!)



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I guess you mean "ground". Did he replace the starter and battery with new ones or used? It really sounds like a bad battery.

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Sounds like you are not keeping a charge, you might have to replace the Alt...

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