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Ford Escort Electrical Problems



  • danielidedanielide Posts: 2
    you can find the wiring and repair an install in chiltons repair manual..the pump is under the back seat..there is a 'fuse'' in the 'wiring harness' connected to the fuel pump.

    but i need your help..i need to know where the 'vacuum lines' go to an from the 'air idle controller ..ontop of the manifold..i also need the oem numbers on a 'egr tub' called a vacuum resevroir
  • So, I just got this used '95 escort and everything seemed to work. I spent the last two days putting in my own speakers and stereo. I tested the system after each connection, and everything worked great. Then, during the process of pushing the actual stereo unit into the dash, I must have been too rough with it, because now:

    - The stereo does not even turn on. (even though all my connections seem to be ok.)
    - The automatic seatbelts don't move, or try to move erratically.
    - I was able to move the power side mirror to the up and to the right, but it won't move down or to the left.
    - The two little dome lights in the ceiling don't work.
    - The tail lights don't light (only the brake lights)
    - The dash lights don't come on with the headlights anymore.
    - The beeping noise does not sound when you open the door.
    - The AC doesn't seem to be cold anymore. (But this could be my imagination.)

    Fuses seem OK, and replacing them doesn't seem to do anything anyway. Wipers and other things on the fusebox seem OK. I've heard that fuseboxes often fail on Escorts, but I can't see why that would have resulted from my mucking with the stereo. I'm quite discouraged and eager to get this fixed. Any ideas?
  • The alternator went out on my 98 escort. I replaced the battery and the alternator ( the parts store said they both tested bad) and now the main 100 amp fuse in the fuse box by the battery keeps blowing. Not sure what would cause this. I could use any ideas about what to look for ...I am lost. Thanks

    It's a 98 Ford Escort
    2.0 L engine
  • i bought an escort 1.8gti iam having a problem with my indicators. my right side indicators work fine my left side indicators just dont work.ive checked the bulbs they havnt blown. ive put my hazards on to see if they work then and its only my right that works what can i do.
  • i have a escort 1.6 lx 1995, the temp gauge does not work, any reasons why, or where i should look, thanks
  • I have an 89 Hatchback which is in great condition...50k original miles!

    Just last week, the aftermarket radio and cabin lights stopped working. I first thought of the fuses and checked them out.

    The cabin lights fuse (15amp) was fried. I replaced it and as soon as I touch the new fuse in, it sparks and fries another. Does anyone know how I can trace what might be causing the short?

    I checked the radio fuse (15amp) and it looked good, but I replaced anyway. No power. I removed the radio to check wiring, etc. All looked good. No in-line fuses. Any ideas on what could be causing the outtage?

    I appreciate the ideas/help. Thanks,
  • Did you ever determine what was causing your problem? I have an 89 hatchback with no interior lights and radio. All were working fine until last week.

  • i have the same problem with A 97 wagon and when I tried a 20 amp fuse it didn't blow but the markerand park lights stayed on at a diminished amount. Did you ever find out where the circuit was shorting???
  • 1994 Escort LX: Last night I returned home and the car ran fine. I went to crank it 20 mins later to run to the store. I put the key in and turned it to the first "Click" as I always do, the panel lights came on, radio, seat belt ingaged, etc. Then I turned to crank it and nothing...It felt like there were no tumblers there, just empty. I then turned the key back and removed it and all my panel lights radio lights, etc. were still on. I did this several times and they stayed on. I had no lights to disconnect the battery so it died overnight, no problem I can get a jump. I've been told it may be the relay, fuse, needs graphite, etc. but the way the key moves in the switch just feels not right. I did try my spare key as well. If the switch is the problem how hard is it to replace.

    Thanks so much for this forum and any help would be greatly appreciated...

  • Hi my 1997 Ford Escort Wagon's dash lights are not working...rather all the lights for signaling and warning lights are working just not the bulbs that light up the fuel guage and the speedometer and the engine temp. So basically I can't see how fast I am going at night...

    I lost my manual and by looking at the fuses they seem fine, I'm thinking of checking a test light but does anyone know where the fuse that I need to look at is located?

    I checked the bulbs and they look fine. One was burned out but I have replaced it...there are 5 bulbs and none of them are turning on.

    Lastly I have checked the dimmer switch and its not the cause.


  • I have a 93 wagon with 53000 miles on it. It hasn't been ran much for about 5 years. I had trouble starting it. Put in a new battery and it seemed to help. Then it quit starting again. It won't do anything. In the process the shift cable broke. I replaced it. still didn't start. I replaced the neutral safety switch. It will not do anything when trying to start. I am new to this site. Hope it is posted in the right place. Any ideas; Larry
  • i have a escort 1.6 cl, when it is started it runs too fast , i am told this is ok, but i think it is not, its as though the choke is stuck on , it makes it quite dangerous to drive for about 10 mins after starting. though the car starts well it just does not seem right. if it is not the choke, what else could it be
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    At this point, the only thing left is the starter itself. With that much downtime over the last 5 years, that would have been my second choice after the battery.

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  • I put a starter in it about 6 months ago. It was my second choice after battery
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    Then you need a good electrical checkup. Check the voltage on the alternator, ignition switch, starter relay, and make sure your cables have good current flow. Somewhere in there you're losing the circuit.

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  • My daughters 98 Tracer stalls on the highway in wet weather. Same problem? Did you figure it out??
  • florist1florist1 Posts: 2
    No, no one has been able to figure out my problem. The car is sitting. Sorry. But that is what my car did, just died driving down the road.
  • Does anyone have a diagram showing where the PRS(electric seatbelt) relay is?
  • mamajewlsmamajewls Posts: 1
    Hi! I have a 97 ford escort. We thought the alternator went out in the car. so we took it out and had it tested well its fine. we out a new battery in and it started right up, however, the wipers and the AC stopped working. So we changed the fuse on the wipers and as soon as we put it in and turned the ac and wipers worked. bery shortly after the fuse blew. we think it might be the wiring. anyone had this issue and if so how did you fix it??? thanks
  • Hi-
    I have a '94 Ford Escort LX Wagon (Automatic), with about 57,000miles. I have been having trouble the last few months with it. When the car gets to a high RPM in 1st gear, it just shuts off and won't re-start. I took it to my mechanic, and they figured out that the fuse for the fuel injectors keeps breaking. It has now been at the Ford dealer for about 2 months, and they can't figure out what is wrong either. Any comments or assistance you could provide would be awesome!
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