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Ford Escort Electrical Problems



  • I Have a Ford Escort 94 LX Wagon. I had luck fixing with these issues this past week. There is a relay in the engine on the right side facing the driverside. I replaced this and it was helpful - purchased one at the junk yard. Also I have a wagon and it has a wiring harness that goes from the rear body into the rear hatch. The harness was cut / pinched by the door and it had effected all of my whole car. The tail lights failed , rear wiper stayed on , door locks always up and down, blowing headlight / tailight fuses, fuel pump promlems, step on break while driving dim lights and releasing safety switch on power train. Bottom line check rear hatch and all door to see if wire are damaged behind that boot. I started out 2 years ago with this problem and I resolved the issue by having help from others on the site. When I first noticed the problem 2 years ago it started with my main fuse box fusing together behind the fuses under the dash - had to replace this as well -junk yard. Bottom line you have something fused, broken wires and something grounding out.
  • Hello All,
    I have a 2000 Ford Escort and I appear to have no brake lights, while they do not illuminate when I turn the front lights on, also the dash board lights do not work. However the head lights,radio,cigarette lighter still okay.
    Strange in that I replaced a blown fuse (dash) yesterday and as soon as I turned key back on it blew right away.

    I appear to have a similar problem to others in the thread and would be grateful for any help.

    Thanks in advance.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    That is definitely a short.

    You should be able to turn the lights on without having the key in the ignition. So, try replacing the fuse and turning on the running lights (no headlights, but marker, tail lights, and dash/console lights will illuminate). If it blows again, the short is in that circuit, if it it does not, the short is in something that is switched with the ignition. Also, you have "accessory" and "on"; does it blow at accessory, or at on?

    I apologize that I cannot be more help; these electrical gremlins just require a lot of time and effort to hunt down. Also, do your brake lights not work (pressing brake pedal) or your tail lights, or both?
  • The shut off switch is bad.I had the same problem and that is what it was.Good Luck J.L. Mooneyham :cry:
  • prc_bprc_b Posts: 1
    Hello All,
    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 can’t see a common component or relay that would cause this issue. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
  • My 93 Escort LX is having a problem due to the rear hatch wiring. A broken wire there can definitely make the car have problems. In my case, I noticed that the rear window defroster switch started to stay lit, even when the defroster was off. If the car is running and you push down on the switch the word "ON" gets brighter and the rear window gets warm, as it should. If the car is off and you press the switch down the instrument panel warning lights all come on and the key in ignition buzzer can be heard. Nothing else on the dashboard, such as the the radio or heater fan seems to be activated by it. If you lift the rear hatch about a foot the switch light goes out and the warning icons will not light; it's acting as it should. ( I checked the hatch door switches, they're not the problem.) Today I found that if you start the car, engage the rear window defroster switch, you can take the key out of the ignition and it continues running! :surprise: Press the switch so it is in the OFF position and the car stops running. Definitely there's a wire back feeding to other circuits. Today I removed the 10amp "Room" fuse and the problem went away. My guess is the wire for the inside light on the rear hatch door is the problem. Now I need to look inside the door. Any ideas how to pull that plastic panel off the rear hatch without breaking something?
  • wjrpdxwjrpdx Posts: 1
    just started having the same issue on my 96 wagon. did you find the cause. some help would be great. thanks
  • my 94 escort dash lights and gages, the power seat belts, turn signals, all dont work. the head lights hazards and everything does work. all fuses are good the car doesn't start. i was driving and stoped to get gas and then it all happened i have no idea what the problem is. if anyone can help me with this that would be great.
  • lisabiflisabif Posts: 1
    i am not getting spark... a few months ago my 87 escort did not start, put in anew battery and it drained over night... so tested the alternator... it was bad so put in a new alternator. now i have a new but dead battery and a new alternator,, i had my car jumped to start it but it wouldnt start. i took off the fuel filter and it was clogged and old so i put in a new fuel filter... still not starting... then found that the fuel pump is not turning on and there is no spark under the hood. where would i find the main fuse box under the hood...?
  • valkorvalkor Posts: 3
    1997 escort 2.0 died on the road at 60mph wont start very low spark at plug wire. Replaced coil pack no change pulled plug and primed with ether did not fire and yes I was very quick putting plug back in. Help!!!!! Is there an ignition control module?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Have you checked the resistance in the plug wires?
  • valkorvalkor Posts: 3
    no, my meter's dead but the wires are pretty new. If the wire on #1 is bad would that keep the rest from firing?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    No, they all run independently. I had a spark problem last year on my Escort (same vehicle/engine as yours) and thought for sure it was not the wires because they were not that old, but alas it was the wires and all was well after I replaced them.

    If your ignition coil is new, the only things that could cause the problem are bad wires/plugs or some fault in the electrical supplying the coil.
  • valkorvalkor Posts: 3
    Is there an icm (ignition control module) ? What controls the electric to the coil?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    I would have to consult the wiring diagrams in my Haynes manual on that one, but I think it is controlled directly by the ECM.
  • kwhit76kwhit76 Posts: 1
    My 1999 Ford Escort will not turn at all. After jumping it will start. I had the battery and alternator checked and both were found to be normal. However, after sitting for a period of time there is no power to the car, no lights, key fob won't work, no radio, etc..., completely dead battery. Prior to the first time this happened, the cruise control stopped working. Any suggestions? Thank you.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Have you checked your battery when this happens (before being jumped) to verify that it is, indeed, dead? If it is, there is a load (short?) somewhere that is draining the battery when the car is off. If the battery is okay but the car is not receiving power, your problem is likely a bad ground.
  • sparishsparish Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 ford escort van, No lights work at all including interior light, the dash lights do not work, oil light etc. The indicators work but not the hazard warning lights. Does anyone have any ideas please
  • sparishsparish Posts: 2
    did you ever find out what the problem was as i seem to have a similar problem.
  • tellesactellesac Posts: 1
    I have two what look like some kind of switches. It is a pair that sit right above the alternator and too the right. They are black and made by Mitsubishi. There are two air lines attached to each one of them. The air lines attach to the bottoms and to the sides of each. They slide into a brass bar that is bolted down to the manifold or near it. I need to find out what the hack these are because my parts guys here in Citrus Heights, California have no clue what they are. Both of my are old and now broken. Can anyone out there help me?
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