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98 ford escort batteries keep dying

We have replaced the battery with new several times. ruled out bad batteries. the alternator has been checked and changed as a precaution. Nothing we are aware of is being left on to cause this. If we are driving it daily it seems to be okay but if it sits a day or more it tends to lose charge.

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First don't keep wasting your money changing batteries and parts that are not bad. Alternator is easy to test at the store. Either it works or it dont. Battery same thing. So if you have a volt meter you can put that on the battery and see the voltage drop if you have a drain. Question is are you in cold area. When It gets below 32 degrees your battery will freeze and lose some power. So if that's not it. Your car has something staying on. Have you installed anything into the car in awhile like a stero or alarm. Is there a glove box light staying on. Stuff like that will drain your battery. With the volt meter on the battery disconnect some fuses to the new stuff and see if the numbers stop dropping.

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You need a good mechanic to test it for parasitic draw. call around and ask who can do it. if they say im not sure dont go there.

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SOURCE: my 1998 Ford escort

It's probably your Clock Spring in your steering column. It's a tape strip of wires behind your steering wheel and if it snapped (which happens very easily) than your blinkers would not shut of automatically(when you turn them on you have to turn them off as well) your airbag light comes on and ceases to work, and most of the time your horn shuts down too. I've had that problem with two of my cars. A 1998 Ford Escort and a 2000 Kia Sephia (Which I dont recommend anyone purchasing. A recall was made on that car because it couldnt have a set of brake pads last more than a month. Sometimes the rotors had to be replaced as well.) Anywho. Have you mechanic look at that or go purchase one and put it in yourself.

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SOURCE: replaced alternator on 1997 ford escort and battery indicator lig

Battery light is on and battery is not holding the charge because you have at lest one cell damaged
because of accidental short-circuits between the battery terminal. So most probably you need to get new one (in Sears starts from $49,99) For fuses location follow this link please
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http://www.autozone.com/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/15/66/b3/0900823d801566b3/repairInfoPages.htm

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SOURCE: Battery keeps dying on 2001 Ford Windstar.

Check your battery terminals make sure they are clean and corrosion free.
Also check all ...A-L-L courtesy lights in your car. there are some ceiling mounted lights that are passenger operated and may be on... Also check your glove compartment and consoles for lights.
Also check for charger cords... These have indicator lights and sometimes can drain the batt as well.
Also, under the hood, is a gravity activated lamp . Open the hood and make sure that it's going off and staying off as the hood closes...
Let me know if you find anything...
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SOURCE: ford F150 2002 drains battery overnight, new

Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r5925550-dead_battery_troubleshooting . These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

Posted on Oct 03, 2010

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SOURCE: 2005 Ford Expedition, Battery drained, charging

The "Charging Sytem" includes the battery, the alternator, the voltage regulator and all related connecting wires and cables. If the charging system was tested and it tested "good" then all of these components are working properly.
If your charging system is good and you continue to have a dead battery, then you probably have an "Ignition-Off draw". This means that something is staying on after the ignition is shut off. This could be interior lamps not shutting off due to a bad door switch, or the headlamps being left on, or some other electrical component in the vehicle that is malfunctioning. If this is the case, then you need to have your vehicle checked by a competent Service Technician who, using the proper equipment and techniques, can locate and repair the source of the problem.

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You haven't flooded the engine correct, check the spark plugs. Also, how fresh is the gas? Try shaking the car to get the gas mixed up and try cleaning out the cylinders with a torch to blow out excess gas. You should also either try cleaning the spark plugs or replace them if they look bad. It is starting up fine, correct? The alternator is good, right? I believe it is since it sounds like you didn't drive it long enough to drain the battery but check it anyway. By losing power, did the electronics start shutting off first or did the engine die first as this would show whether the alternator is bad or not. Please answer my questions and get back to me on what shut off first when it died and I will help you narrow down the problem with this car.

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Under the hood is a fuse panel. On the left side of the panel there is a door that lifts up. Under that is a 175 amp fuse. You can check it with an ohm meter or just replace it.

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03 ford focus replaced alternator checked charging system still not charging have power to alternator from battery light comes on after 10 seconds while running new battery, it only shows battery voltage...


Im no expert but my kids older car had several alternators replaced. 2nd one was bad.. We got one new and one rebuilt. I think the rebuilt worked a week and car died again.

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1991 ford escort battery keeps dying


Check and clean and tighten all battery, starter, and alternator connections. Also the battery and engine to chassis grounds. Did you have the battery " load tested" as a good test requires?
Take the battery out and have it charged up. If the alternator is good, you should not have any more problems. But if you need a jump after a few days to start it, then either the alternator or the battery is just not up to par. Have the alternator tested while on the car and running.
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What charges a 98 ford escort alternator?


That could be a bad battery. Try replacing the battery (cheaper than a new alternator). Usually, if it is the alternator, your battery will be drained and you aren't able to start the car without boosting. The dimming lights is the clue - lights run purely off the battery, not the alternator, as do most of the electric components.

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New alternator has been put on and new battery but battery light on dashboard is not coming on and it did before the new alternator has been looked at 4 times and told theres nothing wrong but it just dies...


Check all your fuses..you should have one for the alternator, or it might say Batt. or it even may say Charge... and if your battery keeps dying out, and the alternator is being checked with a voltmeter, and its showing good..then your problem is somewhere else....Also check your connections to the alternator..Sometimes they burn out on fords.. Also check your cables that on your battery...And make sure the terminals are good/clean, and tight...Goodluck...

Mar 02, 2010 | 1999 Ford Escort

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1999 ford escort zx2 alternator works brand new battery but battery isnt charging !


Stecorbett:

May I suggest that you drive your car to one of the major auto stores and they can and will check your alternator for you to make sure it is good/bad.These places like AutoZone do this all the time. They do not charge for the check out. (Of course they are hoping that if you need a part you will buy it from them.

One other suggestion. If you do need a new alternator, get a rebuilt one. It is cheaper and most always comes with a warranty.

Hope this helps Good luck Loringh PS please take a moment to give me a rating


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you will have to check the voltage whith the engine running .should be 13.6 or better

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