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#139 of 143 No Crank, No Start on 97 Ford Escort Lx
Aug 23, 2013 (7:51 am)
I've been fighting with my escort for the past couple of days. Battery was acting dead, first step was to clean the posts and connections and throw the charger on. Charged right up, but still would not start. There seemed to be a constant drain on the battery the first morning, but not now. Tried jumping it this morning. Went from getting a clunk when I turned the key to getting something that sounded like "sca-wong" twice. Let it charge for a while longer and tried again. This time nothing at all. Not even the clunk.
Disconnected my jumper cables and had a look at my fuses. They all seem in tact, other than a little corrosion on the top. Tried turning my headlights on to see if they would be dim, indicating a low battery or a cabling problem, but they were fine.
Tried starting the car again for the hell of it. As usual, no sound. Was planning to start it with the headlights on to see if they went out. As soon as I turned the headlights back on, my service engine soon light started fluttering and there was a loud clicking from the vicinity of the fuse box in the engine compartment. Turned the lights back off. Pulled the fuses for the headlamps, which were both in tact. Replaced the fuse for the right side and tried turning them on again. This time no sound.
Not sure what is going on here.
#140 of 143 Re: No Crank, No Start on 97 Ford Escort Lx [grayghostone]
Aug 23, 2013 (11:48 am)
It sounds to me like your starter is seized up. Mine (1998 Escort LX w/ 2L) did a similar thing over time. I was convinced it was something in the battery or cables, but no, it was the starter.
The clicking/fluttering of lights, etc., that you experienced sounds, to me, like a low amperage situation that is probably due to the excessive draw from the starter trying (unsuccessfully) to turn over. You wouldn't get that with just having the power on for the car, but could get that when trying to actually start it.
I would suggest trying to tap on the starter body with a hammer while having someone holding the key in the "start" position, but the starters on these cars are tucked away well enough that you likely would not be able to get a hammer on it (nor have the space to actually tap it).
The starter is a $100+ part, so it would really be worth your time to have the issue confirmed by a shop. Replacing the starter is simple enough, but quite challenging due to clearances. You'll need to take the battery and tray out of the car, as well as work very carefully from the passenger side to snake your arm in behind the engine (under the intake manifold) to access the starter and one bolt.
Once I replaced mine, though, I could not remember a time when the car started so easily! I'm sure my battery was thankful, too!
#141 of 143 Re: A/C Blower and Wipers stay on with key removed. [prc_b]
Aug 30, 2013 (3:20 pm)
Dec 18, 2009
I have a 94 Ford Escort Wagon, 1.9L Automatic with the strangest problems. When I turn off the car and remove the key, the heater (A/C) blower and the windshield wipers will continue to operate. Also, the A/C button will light if pushed while fan is blowing, as when the car is running. These issues are not major; we just have to remember to turn everything off whenever we park the car.
I have checked the fuses and have even replaced the ignition switch with no luck. Has anyone seen anything like this or know where to start looking? I canít see a common component or relay that would cause this issue. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
I realize this is an old post but I thought I'd ask anyway whether you were able to resolve this? I have a 1995 Escort with the same issue (wipers and blower motor still have power after key is turned off; nothing else has power, radio, etc.)
#142 of 143 94 Escort LX wont turn over
Dec 04, 2013 (6:04 am)
I got in my car last night to leave a friends house and it wouldn't start. It just clicks. All the power turns on. The battery is only two weeks old and I even hooked it up to a charger to make sure it had power. I also tried jumping it with no luck. I've already checked the terminals to make sure they are connected tight. I even tried pop starting it with no luck, although maybe I didn't get it rolling fast enough. It had no issues before last night. It doesn't even attempt to turn over. I also checked the switch on my clutch and it engages and the gears shift easily. I tried hitting on the starter, to the best that I could manage because of where its located. That didn't seem to affect anything.
#143 of 143 Re: 94 Escort LX wont turn over [adem1]
Dec 04, 2013 (11:26 am)
Is it a single click, or a series of clicks? A single click likely means that you have a starter/solenoid problem. A series of clicks is most likely a ground issue. I feel your pain with regard to the starter location... serious PITA!
You should be able to get it started on a roll, though. If pushing it doesn't work, try pulling it (w/ another car) at up to 15-20 mph. Quick clutch pops should spin the engine enough to get it to fire, assuming you have the key in the "run" position!