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Ford Escort Electrical Problems



  • I have a 91 escort gt with the same problems for me it is the speed cable and it happens mostly when it's below freezing. Disconnect the cable and use a powder graphite on the cable. First clean the cable with a cleaner then powder it up!
  • I have a 99 Ford Escort, only owner. Recently, the alarm has been going off, especially in wet weather. The alarm is not even set, it does not seem to matter. It will go off randomly, then stop- then 20 minutes later do it again. Often, that will be the end of it- but at 1am- it scares the #$%^ out of me an the neighbors. Any idea on what the issue could be?

  • I recently replaced alternator and belt. But the alternator light isn't working at all, not even when the key is turned. What could be the problem? :confuse:
  • Does anyone know of a website that would have a good schematic of the stereo/speaker wire harness for a 94 escort LX.
  • have a 1993 ecsort 5 speed wagon
    Have a problem with turn singles, back-up and dome lights. When i turn on turn on turn single all turn single lights come on plus back-up and dome lights all blink: When I put in reverse back-up,dome and turn single lights all come on -
  • gillescgillesc Posts: 1
    I have a 1996 Escort Wagon XL with about 115k; still does the job.
    I'he had a strange electrical problem lately:
    when the headlights AND the rear defrost are on, the engine won't
    shut off. I turn the key to the off position, I get it out of the
    ignition switch and the engine, the headlights and the defrost are
    still on. At that point, if I turn either the headlights, OR the
    defrost off, everything shuts off. It is only the combination
    headlights-defrost that does that. If I turn the headlights,defrost
    and heater-blower on, and I turn the key to the off position,
    the heater-blower will shut off but not engine-headlights-defrost.
    Headlights-heater-blower, defrost-heater-blower everything shuts
    off fine.
    Any ideas !
  • hi
    i have an escort xr3i 1988.
    when it's cold it starts fine,,problem is when it's hot the starter turns very slow and not enough to start the car.
    i've fitted a new battery,a new starter and put a new earth lead near the fuse box.
    can anyone help as this is starting to get me down now and i don't wanna get rid of the car cos it could be something really stupid.
  • grabasegrabase Posts: 1
    My fuel and Temperature Gauges are not working the Fuel is at center and the Temperature has exceeded the Red Line with a cold engine and does not move even when the coolant is hot. The engine is NOT overheating. I replaced the Fuse and disconnected the Fuel sensor with out any luck.
  • elmastoelmasto Posts: 2
    I have a 5 spd 91 escort wagon...and i have had this problem eversince I got it...just never got around to solving it.
    Only half the dashboard lights up. The left if i am driving in the dark, I can't see half of the speedometer. Any ideas how to solve it?
  • klerk183klerk183 Posts: 2
    The problem you have is the gearbox.
    Comming out of the gearbox is the cable for the tacho.
    Atached to this cable is this wheel, made of plastic and is worn in de centre.Replace this wheel would not help you more then a week or so.The problem is the gearbox main bearings.
    Greetings Siem
  • I just bought a '93 escort lx 4/dr and I go to take a ride at night but my dash lights wont work, can't see the spedo to know how fast im going. and ive replaced all bad fuses, whats the problem? also the cover to my fuse panel has vanished from the face of the earth according to the previous owner, so if some one could send me the fuse diagram so i know what fuse works what, that would be heller cool.
  • ndiamondndiamond Posts: 1
    I have a 97 Ford Escort. Last night the radio started to turn on and off automatically while driving. Before long I had all of my warning lights turning on and off. There was a distinct clicking sound as this was happening. When I got home I turned off the engine and restarted. At that time everything was fine, until I put in drive and accelerated. Then it all started all over. It is like a power surge is coming from somewhere. It has never done this before.
  • The problem started with the radiator fan staying on with the car off. I noticed it when after not driving it for a few days, I went to use it and the battery was dead. I replaced the battery and as soon as I connected the battery the fan would come on and stay on unless I disconnected the battery. The day I was bringing it to the auto shop the fuel pump was also on with the engine off. They replaced a relay and it seemed to stop the radiator fan but not the fuel pump. They also said that the oxygen sensor was bad and they replaced that also, but when they hooked the fuel sensor up the fuel pump will stay on sometimes. They seem to think that it has something to do with the automatic start that I had installed years ago. Another problem is the service engine light is on and at times while driving the car acts like its not getting gas and hesitates or stalls at stop signs or stop lights. the car is a 1997 with 154,000 miles.
  • Quote: Hi folks, I when turned my '96 mk6 escort on I've got no back lights,or on the dash board also the buzzer to let you know the lights are on doesn't work when the door opens.But my head lights,brake lights,radio,cigarette lighter still okay.
    I've checked the fuses & they seem fine.

    I have the same problem as Nick above and wonder if anyone can help me solve it.
    Thanks in advance,
  • I have an 1992 Ford Escort wagon. The cooling fan will not come on at all. I jumped it with a hot and ground wire and it runs fine. I replaced the 2 (hi & low) speed cooling fan relays. I replaced the so call " cooling fan relay" in the under hood fuse/relay box which incidentally works with the cooling fan and the starter. I replaced the 2 pronged temp sensor and I replaced the 2 relays at the eec as well as the eec under the center console under the dash. If I disconnect the eec from the wire harness the fan comes on low. When I pull the yellow/white wire from the low side cooling fan relay the fan comes on. I'm running out of places to look. I think it may be before the eec... What device and color wire feeds the eec too tell it the a/c is on (the low fan speed is supposed come on automatically when you turn on the a/c. the high speed is turned on when the temp sensor tells the eec the engine needs cooling. Any help would be greatly appreciated... Thanks in advance
  • did you find out what was wrong with your car? I got in mine last night and the raido and clock quit as well as the dome light in the front and also the key lock on your keyring won't lock or unlock the doors when you press it. I was wondering if you figured out what was wrong with yours? i don't have a lighted mirror though so i don't know what happened!!!!
  • try this 1, take the plug off the temp sender and see if the gauge goes down, if it does then the sender is the problem if not thake the plugs off the back of the clock pod in the dash and check the wires for continuty if the wires are o.k then you need to check which wire are giving a live feed, you should only have a pink wire which is live with the ignition on, if there is any other wire giving alive feed you need to trace this wire back and then you will find your fault most escorts have a bad problem with the fuse box this can be expensive to replace but don`t buy second hand it doesn`t pay
  • Not really trouble shooting but simple question. Trying to change tail light, I see the two screws but how do I remove the two white plastic pieces holding it in?
  • My fan also stays on sometimes. The only way to get it to shut off is to unplug the relay (in the fuse box next to the battery). Is that the fuse they replaced? Also have you had any problems with your battery light staying on even while the car is shut off?
    Thanks Dave
  • A co-worker replaced my spark plug wires. The same day I was in heavy traffic and my car really overheated. He didn't place one of the boots entirely on and it was only running on 3 cyl.'s. Now my car keeps overheating. The fan stopped working. I've replaced the relays, some electrical stuff, the switch, the entire fan assembly (fan motor included), etc...It still will NOT come on! Any suggestions would be greatly apprec.'d!
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