I have a 94 Escort GT with a manual transmission-198,000 miles. My battery is in good shape with power to the instrument panel, lights, turn signal and HVAC blower. When I went to start the vehicle it acted like the clutch pedal was not fully depressed thus not allowing the ignition to turn vehilce over. This happened the previous day, but after re-stepping on the clutched it started. It also happened one cool evening about a year and a half ago, but after coming back an hour later it started with no re-occurence until now.
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if you have battery power on the large terminal at the starter and the same on the smaller wire when someone Is turning the key to start and the starter has a good ground then the starter is bad drawing too much amperage causing the clicking sound.
Routine maintenance is all that is required. All the required services are outlined in the owner's manual and at what mileage they should be done. Here are the high lights Change the oil every 3,000 miles, this is the single most important thing to keep the car running well for 10's of thousands of trouble free miles. If it is an automatic transmission change the fluid and filter every 60,000 miles minimum. Flush the cooling system every 100,000 miles, use only long life coolant. These are additional services that greatly extend the life of the expensive components. A turkey baster works well for these Flush the brake fluid and power steering fluid resovoirs every 30,000 miles
If it has a manual transmission, check the clutch start switch on the clutch pedal support. If it has an automatic transmission it could be the transmission range sensor mounted on top of the transmission right side of the engine. In either case it could be the ignition switch (this is the switch you put the key in to start the car).
This could mean that your transmission is wearing out, you may have 1 or more solenoids that are wearing out, or you may just need a new transmission filter and some fresh transmission fluid. I would start with the fluid and filter and see if the situation doesn't improve.
check transmission fluid level could be low.if transmission fluid level okay and fluid and filter been changed every 21000 miles.code scan for transmission fault codes like faulty transmission range sensor.faulty transmission fluid pressure solenoid, look for faulty torque converter code or faulty tcm. if you see no fault codes.either transmission manual shift linkage loose or broken or you have internal transmission damaged.
sounds like you might just have a new battery that needs charging FIRST
- before you try anything erlse - check ur new battery - they sometimes
come without a charge.
How many miles - ?
First it is best to be sure the solenoid is ok. There are two large 'terminals' on the solenoid - one leads to the battery - using a jumper wire or even a screw driver - [ get a pro or someone with more experience if u not confident here] - jump the large BATTERY SIDE terminal to the small wire terminal - it usually has a simple push on wire - remove the little wire - and put ur jumper cable on that terminal - - be sure the car is in park - and or emergency break on. Also be sure your neutral safety switch is good. If ur car is automatic then put it in neutral - with brake on and try it -