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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.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • 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.

    kcram - Pickups/Wagons Host
  • 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!
  • 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: 10,908
    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?
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • 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?
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