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I have just bought a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon from the auction two days ago, the car was running great as I drove it outside the yard to get it towed home, that was like 2 pm. I came back at night to check if the lights and the signals work and the car was dead. No Battery, so I charged the battery a little bit and placed again, the car started but at first, when i pressed the accelerator, the alternator went on, so I tied up the battery connectors a little bit and it was fine. I left it running for like 5 minutes and stepped on the gas a bit and out of nowhere, the wipers worked, double signals and a beep!!! and the car went dead!! when I checked, the main fuse is cut (the 100A fuse under the hood) and as I removed the -ve connector I noticed some burns on it. I tried to test it and it sparks as it touches the battery pole. It has two wires attached to it, one to the body of the car and the other one to two wires. If I touch the pole with those two (without the ground one) I get some noise from a box that is placed under the air filter. I will buy me a new battery first thing in the morning and a fuse to replace the burned one, but I wish to understand what happenned here and why did the wipers, the signals and the horn work all together and shut the car off. the car has manual locking buttons and I don't think that any car without power locks comes with a factory alarm system. Thanks.

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You have a dead short in your electrical system trace the bernt wires thay have to be touching each other creating a short A new battery may not be neccery there should be ON ARC when attaching a battery termanal. hope this helps CJ P/S hope you didn' t pay to much for this car

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