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Starting problems after battery replacement

 
 
Bollie
 
Fri 7 Aug, 2009 04:07 pm
Hello my name is Hans

I have a Ford Escort 2zx from 2002. I was three months away and had to replace my old battery by a "die hard". When I tried to start the car, nothing happened, no click, nothing! However I could not get my automatic transmission out of "P".
When I jump started it was perfect and I could shift. After turning off the motor, the problem happened again. The lights are working fine by the way
I need my car desperately.Can I get any help?

Thanks so much in advance
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fresco
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 05:59 pm
@Bollie,
I'm no mechanic , but if it jump starts and the new battery is correctly rated and fully charged you may have a poor connection with the new terminals. Abrasively clean the leads, tightly connect, and try again.
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Bollie
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 06:40 pm
thanks Fresco, I checked it again. All appears to be okay with the connections.
What I noticed however that it tries to make a "swing" when I turn on the ignition. The control lights light up but then almost immediately flaw again and it does nothing. Can it be a starter or an alternator problem, maybe a stupid question.
engineer
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 07:00 pm
@Bollie,
Your "new" battery may be bad. Get a jump then drive to an auto parts place and ask them to check it. Could be an alternator, but the auto parts check will measure that for you as well. If you got the battery at a Sears, they should have done that for you.
Ragman
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 07:45 pm
@engineer,
Hey Engineer. You opinon: With that other symptom/problem of linkage not getting allowing car out of park, you think it's pssoble that the neutral-safety switch might be jammed up and/or shorting out?

Also, something somewhere (starter? coil? ) could be draining the battery's charge or not allowing paassage of juice. Find someone to trace back the cause of this.
Rockhead
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 10:07 pm
@Ragman,
the shift mechanism requires a signal from the brake pedal that your foot is on the brake.

with no juice, there will be no signal.

as suggested, have someone check the battery and charging system.
roger
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 11:14 pm
@Rockhead,
Off topic, but man, don't they spend enough cash building in things with no purpose other than to keep your car from starting and running?
Rockhead
 
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Fri 7 Aug, 2009 11:21 pm
@roger,
fixing them is no fun with all the electronic crap, either.

(they are trying to make them stupid proof to operate, to save on lawsuits)

I got to play with an old 59 truck last week, forgot how fun simple is...
roger
 
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Sat 8 Aug, 2009 12:10 am
@Rockhead,
'59? Yeah, that was back when you could pop the hood and see the engine.
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Bollie
 
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Sat 8 Aug, 2009 06:03 pm
Hey guys,

thanks for your input, You convinced me to go back one more time to the battery supplier (Sears). Battery tested "good". They cleaned everything thoroughly. They did say however that the starter was not functioning too well and needed to be replaced. (I thought that a starter works well or does not work at all). Anyway, it's up and running. Thanks again.
roger
 
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Sat 8 Aug, 2009 06:48 pm
@Bollie,
That would have been way down on my list of guesses, but if it worked, it worked.
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