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I just put in a new battery and alternator 12 days ago, today my escort 98 is powerless, no lights nothing, I also replaced the battery terminalsand the fuses are ok, what could it be, George

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Check the wiring to your starter. you have 3 of them 1 is power from battery 2 ix the ground and number 3 is the one that goes to your dash power and without it nothing and I mean noyjing will work at all.

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