REPLACED ALTENATOR LAST MONTH AND REPLACED BATTERY
I have a 1998 Ford Escort. Replaced the altenator twice already and the Wal-Mart Battery three times....today the car died... first the Radio would shut off and then the A/C wouldn't blow as hard as it was before, until the car was actually in motion...Does anyone know if it can just be a relay or a fuse? We really cant afford to buy another altenator or do any work on this car at the moment...you know as they say FORD stands for Found On Road Dead or Flipped Over Road Device.. either way Ford's are POS's... it only has 100,000 Thank You
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Re: REPLACED ALTENATOR LAST MONTH AND REPLACED BATTERY
Here are a few things to try. I had an Escort which would squeel the belt when first started as the alternator was trying to recharge the battery from the start. There are a couple of wire terminals behind the alternator. The red ones are positives and you don't want them. But there was an extra terminal on my alternator for a small braided bare wire. It was missing and was suppose to ground to the motor. After I added it everything worked.
Take it to an autoparts store like Autozone or O'Reillys and have them test your starter drain while cranking the engine. They should be able to test the solenoid too. If you are coming out to a dead battery try taking out the fuse to the rear window defroster. It was one of my GHOSTS that would kill my battery on a hit or miss basis.
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If you are in the North East cold weather then you should get a friend and jump your car.
Check the tag / model # on your battery.
The last two digits is the warranty coverage period.
48 = 48 months
72 = 72 months
Check your service record and see is it close to the end of the warranty period.
Most battery can go 6 to 16 month beyond the warranty period.
Also check and clean the air filter. Replace if necessary.
Check the earth strap from the starter motor to the neg battery. Clean up the ends witha wire brush and refit. Try the ignition again. Make sure the other wires going to the starter motor are in good condition.
I have a 1996 escort and use the recommended sae 5w30 oil. I also suggest using a Ford motorcraft oil filter (Wal mart sells them at some of their stores). As for the oil brand, I like the bigger name oil like Castrol, shell and Quaker state. I don't think you need a synthetic oil.
It sounds like the battery is starting to go. You can take it in to get it tested to make sure. Some places (like Wal-mart) do free battery testing. If this is the original battery, five years old, it wouldn't be surprising that it is starting to go.
I have the same car but don't have that problem with this one however, I did with the 99 I traded for this one. I figured out that if the wheels were not left straight, any degree of angle facing either direction, would freeze something in the steering column and not allow it to start. Had it towed twice before the tech said he had the same problem in the past. Never happened after that. The prob I had with the 2004 Taurus, bought a cheap battery from wal-mart and it ran everything but my car, tech said it's probably the reason the alternator had failed. Check your brand of battery. My battery light stayed on for two months, started fine, switched the battery from the wal-mart one, light went off instantly.
fit a new altenator and not a secondhand one from the scrappers also check the big block connector and fuses in front of the battery as in the uk they get wet and corrode ,this is where the altenator feed runs from ,try disconnecting the big wire and flashing it to see if it sparks ??quickest way to test for charging is to start car and then disconnect battery ..if it stops its not charging.quick load test for altenator speed up engine too 2000 rpm then disconnect battery and turn everything on if angine stops the altenator is not pushing out enough voltage....right anyone seen a nice mk4 zodiac executive for me ??
It's probably your Clock Spring in your steering column. It's a tape strip of wires behind your steering wheel and if it snapped (which happens very easily) than your blinkers would not shut of automatically(when you turn them on you have to turn them off as well) your airbag light comes on and ceases to work, and most of the time your horn shuts down too. I've had that problem with two of my cars. A 1998 Ford Escort and a 2000 Kia Sephia (Which I dont recommend anyone purchasing. A recall was made on that car because it couldnt have a set of brake pads last more than a month. Sometimes the rotors had to be replaced as well.) Anywho. Have you mechanic look at that or go purchase one and put it in yourself.