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I have a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 4cyl. I am having a problem with my car starting. Sometimes it will crank over OK, but other times I will just hear a click, as if it is not getting good contact. I have replaced the starter and I have checked the battery and terminals. I recently purchased a starter relay switch but I am having trouble finding the location of the starter relay switch to replace it. Could you give me any help finding the location of this switch or any other help solving this problem, that you can think of trying?

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  • tjfrank1 Oct 14, 2008

    I have a 98 Ford Escort and it seems to have more trouble starting in the heat. It takes 2 or 3 times of trying to start it before it finally turns over. I haven't had this looked at yet, but where do I begin? Is this my spark plugs or a starter problem? Or something altogether?
    Please help.


  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    02 crown vic clicking when trying to start....corrosion build up on battery, both terminals.

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Hi.my paretner had the same problem with her car.
We sorted the solution by disconecting the terminals on the battery.
on the negative terminal there should be two thick leads of which both go to the negative side of the battery.one of these is an earth.
The earth lead needs to be replaced by cutting it off and the best lead to use is the negative lead of a set of heavy duty leads and re-feed this to the negative side of the batterey and the other end to any part of the engine which has a bolt that is easy to undo and get to.
If you earth it here,then the vehicle will start every time and the clicking will be gone for good.
Its very difficult to explain and is time consuming,but ends the problem for good in the long run.

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I have a 1998 ford escort had the same problems in the past, fix that alternator and then it went out again. It came to be the solenoid that mad the alternator go bad. Don't know if that will help but it's something to look into.

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