Last night I got pulled over and so I shut off my car. When I went to turn it back on NOTHING at all worked, the hazard lights and the key wouldn't even work. we jumped it and put a battery charger on...
Hello, First, you will need to charge the Battery and have it load tested. The charging system on your vehicle may be bad. Depending on the Year and Model, there is sometimes an inline fuse from the Alternator to the main wiring.
On some Models, the Alternator wires drape over metal lines and brackets and wear through and short the system. Just gently lift up on those wires leading from the Alternator and watch for bare wire. If you come across a fuse, check it.
Ford systems are very sensitive to low battery Voltage. While the system uses a 12 Volt battery, the top charge is somewhere between 13.2Volts- 13.6Volts. As you can see, that is over a 10% higher charge to have all systems working perfectly.
When a Ford detects lower Voltage, the Antitheft system and the Powersaver systems can cause both starting and charging problems. The vehicles may indicate a charge for 5 minutes or more after removing an outside jump, then cut off the circuit (2004 till?).
Autozone, Advance, and Oreillys give FREE scans and charging system tests. You can carry in the battery for tests. Once a topped off battery is installed, you should have the Alternator tested. Even if a new battery solves your starting problems, get the charging system checked.
Jul 15, 2011 |
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