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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Won't start, but some electrical devices still work..

joseph85750joseph85750 Member Posts: 22
edited October 2014 in Ford
I have a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, with 130k on it.
Today, I tried to start it and it wouldn't start. On the dashboard, the battery icon is lit. I can hear the various motors/vents which turn on briefly during normal operation, still doing their thing.
The interior lights will turn on.
The headlights do not light up at all.
The radio will not power on at all.
The windows are a little sluggish.
The horn works normal, full sound.
The hazard lights do not work.

I measured the voltage across the battery, while still hooked up: 6V

Is it simply a bad 12V battery, or something else?
I think this is still the original battery.

I live in Tucson, AZ.

Before getting a new battery or calling AAA, I'd like to be more sure.

The vehicle is in my garage, and I have a spare vehicle, so I'm not in too bad of shape.

Any help/tips would be great.



  • LauraG16LauraG16 Member Posts: 2
    Did you ever figure this out I am having the same issue
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Member Posts: 5,701
    The 12v system has to power up in order to turn the high voltage system on. You can try to jump the 12v battery system like any other car and if that allows you to start the car thenm you are going to have to have the battery tested and have the car tested for a parasitic drain or charging system issue. (That's the DC/DC convertor in your hybrid)
  • GreenbugGreenbug Member Posts: 4
    Read the manual on how to jumpstart the high voltage batterys!
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