Question about 2008 Ford Escape
What I have checked: I have looked at the owner's manual and found both fuse blocks and looked over all fuses somehow related to dashboard and starting and security system. Nothing was blown. I have attempted to remote start the vehicle with the Ford brand remote starter, and the response is all of the typical clicks and preparatory noise but no starter activation. The headlights and tailights come on at the appropriate time. Clicking the remote starter turns them off. I have attempted to jumpstart the vehicle and get no starter activity. Any ideas?
Go to a local auto parts store that will let you use their electronic reader and perhaps the computer will tell you what's up. I wouldn't assume the dashboard trouble lights will light up if the engine isn't running. A mechanic will test the battery, inspect the battery cables, check the cables starting at the spark plugs all the way back to the starter. Are the plugs fouled? Has someone done work on it and perhaps forgotten to connect something back? Check all the fluids, sometimes you can get a catastrophic leak and be trying to start the engine with no oil or coolant. Forgive my asking, do you know what a "blown" fuse looks like on a car? The thin metal running from one side or pin to the other has to be unbroken. You can't assume it'll always be darkened/burned or foggy when burned out. You can use an inexpensive voltmeter (5-6 bucks at Harbor Freight Importers) to test the battery or if you're good other things.. Good luck
Posted on Dec 01, 2014
First of all if the car just died whilst driving it wouldn't be the starter. if the car is petrol then the reason for the stopping of the engine was lack of volts you need to give the battery an overnight charge get it started & get a meter onto the battery terminals whilst the engine is running you should get around 14.5 volts if you are showing less than 12 volts suspect the alternator your remote start may not have the amp's to start your car on an almost dead battery hope this helps
Posted on Nov 29, 2014
Testimonial: "Appreciate the attempt at answering. The question box did not give the full text of the problem, so the answer did not shed the light I needed."
Could be your battery cables. They could be corroded at the end that connects to the battery. I have seen them be bd even if they don't appear bad.
Posted on Nov 30, 2014
It might be one of three problems. Your battery may need charged and/or replaced. The starter may need replaced. Or the alternator may need replaced. Good luck! Try going to your local parts store and I believe they can test your alternator and give some advice.
Posted on Nov 29, 2014
Testimonial: "Appreciate the attempt. Why the dashboard trouble lights refuse to light still is not answered... The car would not start with jumper cables..."
Posted on Nov 28, 2014
Testimonial: "Certainly possible but why did the instrument cluster and the check engine light refuse to light up even when attached to jumper cables"
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Have the battery charged and retested also have alternator tested , If that's bad the batter will not charge and drain it again .. Good luck
Posted on Mar 09, 2009
The clicking is the Starter Solonoid not getting enough CCAs from the battery to start it.
While running - the alternator should be able to charge the system to 14.4V.
11 volts you are experiencing tells me your alternator is faulty.
Your dash and other items were turning off/on while driving because the voltage probably dipped below 8.4v.
Your vehicle runs off the alternator power once started. The battery is only there to get the engine spinning initially.
A backyard mechanic's way to test the alternator is to start the vehicle - then remove the positive wire on the battery (coming from the alternator).
** If the vehicle stays running - the battery is problematic - probably a dead cell - have it LOAD tested at a local parts shop for free.
** If the vehicle dies shortly after removing the + battery wire - the alternator is failing - and replacement is necessary.
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Posted on May 21, 2009
The problem would be the starter they go without any warning
Posted on Jan 10, 2010
Testimonial: "Terian5- Thanks for the help Traced the wire to starter. the wire looks like it snaps on. put it back and it started. I need to tighten nut."
This sound is the relay, Is the battery new if more than 1 and 1/2 yrs. you need to replace your battery.
Is your engine cranking when start, if not, the battery need to be replace.
Posted on Oct 01, 2011
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