Having problems with your 2003 Ford Escape ?

Won't Start my husband changed the plugs bc we had a misfire that kept getting worse. He then ran it down the road, ran fine, but then died. Towed home and started it a couple of time, after that it stopped starting, then eventually stopped cranking, and now nothing.

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 19-02-2018

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Same as here checked the starter, battery, cables, fuses, alarm and lastly when the AAA technician arrived and let him check it. Cause i requested a tow for my car to the auto repair shop he said its the ignition switch but i still have to find out since i am still debating if i am just going to buy a replacement switch and install it or take it to the shop and let them do the job... Any advice... Thanks...
  • Check Your Fuses:\015\012Few cars have a fuse associated with the starting system, but before\015\012you go monkeying around with everything, check your fuses to be sure\015\012it's not that simple. \015\012
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  • Battery Corrosion: Over time your battery\015\012connections can become dirty, or corroded. This corrosion breaks the\015\012connection your battery has with the rest of the car, and it won't\015\012start. Try cleaning your battery posts and try to start the car again.\015\012\015\012
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  • Dead Battery: The most common reason your car won't\015\012start is a dead battery. If you have a battery tester that can measure\015\012cranking amps, test your battery to see if it's weak. If you can't test\015\012it yourself, you can test the battery indirectly by jump-starting the car. If it starts right away, your problem is most likely a dead battery. Replace the battery, and clean the battery connections to ensure good contact.

  • Bad Igntion Switch: If your battery checks out, but the\015\012starter is still silent, it may be a faulty ignition switch. Turn the\015\012key to the on position (not all the way to start). If the red warning\015\012lights on your dash don't light up (and your battery connections are\015\012clean), the ignition switch is bad. If they do light up, turn the key\015\012to the start position. The dash warning lights should turn off at this\015\012key position (most cars). If you're not sure, turn on the headlights.\015\012When you try to start the car, the lights should either dim (a lot) or\015\012turn off completely. If they do, your ignition switch should be ok. If\015\012not, the switch will need replacement. \015\012
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  • Bad Starter Connection: Corrosion can not only keep\015\012your battery from connecting, it can affect any electrical component,\015\012especially the ones exposed to the elements like the starter. If you\015\012have a helper, you can test the connection by holding a circuit tester\015\012lead on the wire that engages the starter. This is the smaller of the\015\012two wires connected to the starter.
Have a friend turn the key and check the current. If you're\015\012getting current to the starter but it ain't spinning, it needs\015\012replacement. \015\012If your starter spins freely when you turn the key, the problem lies\015\012elsewhere. Now you begin to check the other systems that could keep it\015\012from firing up.

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