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penguinz
10-20-2009, 05:04 PM
It does this every once in a while.

Turn the key and nothing. Battery still has a good charge. Disconnect the cables from the battery and then re-attach them and all is good. Terminals are not corroded so I don;t think it is a bad connection at the terminal.

Anything else it could be?

"Bob" Dobbs
10-20-2009, 05:06 PM
Loose connector.

kstater
10-20-2009, 05:09 PM
Bad key.

rockymtnchief
10-20-2009, 05:09 PM
I had a Chevy with the same trouble. The cables didn't LOOK corroded, but after cleaning them it started fine.

"Bob" Dobbs
10-20-2009, 05:10 PM
When you tighten the connector back onto the battery, you gotta torque it down TIGHT.

GoHuge
10-20-2009, 05:12 PM
Just take a wire brush to the posts and insides of the cables, then reattach. You could have a little something on them causing a bad connection. Only explanation if it's fine when you take them off and put them back on. Even if they don't look corroded they could be oxidized. Wire brush and it'll be all good.

Baconeater
10-20-2009, 05:15 PM
When you turn the key and get "nothing", do you mean it just doesn't turn over? Or is everything (radio, lights, etc) dead?

Hog Farmer
10-20-2009, 05:42 PM
Or the connection at the starter.

Skip Towne
10-20-2009, 05:48 PM
Or the connection at the starter.

Or the ground cable

Simply Red
10-20-2009, 05:55 PM
clearly you didn't buy German or Japanese. :evil::evil::evil:

I joke..

JASONSAUTO
10-20-2009, 06:10 PM
what kind of car do you drive?

Gonzo
10-20-2009, 06:12 PM
Antifreeze...


( you fuckers are slipping)
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LaChapelle
10-20-2009, 06:22 PM
It could have something to do with the attached breathalyzer.

JD10367
10-20-2009, 06:22 PM
Even though the terminal connections are tight, you might actually have a loose ground wire.

Or your blinker fluid is low.

Groves
10-20-2009, 06:39 PM
When you turn the key and get "nothing", do you mean it just doesn't turn over? Or is everything (radio, lights, etc) dead?

This is your next question.

Bwana
10-20-2009, 07:23 PM
My guess would be you have a loose connection where the battery cable connects to the starter. Your ignition could also be tits up. Any trouble or issues before it cratered?

bevischief
10-20-2009, 07:25 PM
Or the ground cable

this happen to me.
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Bwana
10-20-2009, 07:27 PM
this happen to me.
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Yeah, but have you ever had a bullet hole in your car?

JD10367
10-20-2009, 07:28 PM
this happen to me.
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As has been asked, what the details are will make a difference (if nothing's working, if the radio and lights work, if it cranks but doesn't start, etc.,.). But if it's totally dead, I would check the ground. In some cars, not only will it not start, if you have a loose ground wire the car will crap out while you're driving it.

penguinz
10-20-2009, 07:38 PM
It does nothing. No power anywhere. I pulled the battery tonight. Stuck the one from my jeep in and it started right up. Put the escorts back in and it starts fine now.

kstater
10-20-2009, 07:39 PM
Put the escorts back in and it starts fine now.

Figured out your problem.

Baconeater
10-20-2009, 07:49 PM
Has to be a connection issue if you're completely losing all power. If the posts and terminals are clean and tight, maybe check where the cables go into the terminals, or whatever the cables are attached to on the other end, I believe it should be solenoid (+) and engine block (-) on a Ford.

JASONSAUTO
10-20-2009, 07:51 PM
Has to be a connection issue if you're completely losing all power. If the posts and terminals are clean and tight, maybe check where the cables go into the terminals, or whatever the cables are attached to on the other end, I believe it should be solenoid (+) and engine block (-) on a Ford.

i would replace the cables if it was me, they probably are corroded INSIDE the housing.

Hydrae
10-20-2009, 07:55 PM
http://www.usrallyteam.com/images/TerminalCleaner.jpg

Baconeater
10-20-2009, 08:00 PM
i would replace the cables if it was me, they probably are corroded INSIDE the housing.
Yeah, that's true, it would be hard to tell for sure on the ones where the terminal is molded on to the cable.

googlegoogle
10-20-2009, 08:06 PM
buy a good multimeter

KChiefs1
10-20-2009, 08:08 PM
My riding lawn mower does the same thing.

JD10367
10-20-2009, 08:27 PM
Figured out your problem.

LMAO My thought exactly. An Escort? You said a car. ROFL

I had two Escorts. The suckiest cars I ever had. I referred to the accelerator as the Loud Pedal, 'cause you could mash it to the floor and the engine would just get really loud but it wouldn't actually move any faster.

TEX
10-20-2009, 08:52 PM
Voltage Regulator

JASONSAUTO
10-20-2009, 08:55 PM
Yeah, that's true, it would be hard to tell for sure on the ones where the terminal is molded on to the cable.

yep the only way to see is to cut into the insulation, like when putting on replacement terminals. If this IS the case i would replace the whole cable IIWM
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SLAG
10-20-2009, 09:54 PM
Just take a wire brush to the posts and insides of the cables, then reattach. You could have a little something on them causing a bad connection. Only explanation if it's fine when you take them off and put them back on. Even if they don't look corroded they could be oxidized. Wire brush and it'll be all good.

This

Hydrae
10-20-2009, 10:03 PM
LMAO My thought exactly. An Escort? You said a car. ROFL

I had two Escorts. The suckiest cars I ever had. I referred to the accelerator as the Loud Pedal, 'cause you could mash it to the floor and the engine would just get really loud but it wouldn't actually move any faster.

I had an Escort wagon with a 5 speed. I was on the strip in Vegas at a red light. Rice burners on both sides, being all cool with their lights and crap. Light turns green, I side step the clutch and burn the tires half way down the block. The look on their faces at the next light was priceless!

58-4ever
10-20-2009, 10:17 PM
Check the flux capacitor

Pink Paradise 2010
10-20-2009, 11:22 PM
that happened to me once, just keep a bottle of soda in your car. that way if the connection is bad all you have to do is pour the soda on the battery. it worked for me :) good luck :) i hope that i helped :)

Hog Farmer
10-21-2009, 02:20 AM
Yeah, but have you ever had a bullet hole in your car?


I have .

Three in fact.

Radar Chief
10-21-2009, 08:00 AM
Bent Dingle Arm is causing a misalignment of the Marzon Vanes to the Lunar Wayne Shaft. This needs to be corrected before he blows a Johnson Rod.

bevischief
10-21-2009, 01:53 PM
As has been asked, what the details are will make a difference (if nothing's working, if the radio and lights work, if it cranks but doesn't start, etc.,.). But if it's totally dead, I would check the ground. In some cars, not only will it not start, if you have a loose ground wire the car will crap out while you're driving it.

Had that happen a few times before I able to figure out and have the time to fix it.

bevischief
10-21-2009, 01:53 PM
Yeah, but have you ever had a bullet hole in your car?

not yet...

Rooster
10-21-2009, 02:31 PM
Or the ground cable

This is most likely the culprit.

38yrsfan
10-21-2009, 04:07 PM
Or the connection at the starter.

Happened to me .... was a real pain/mystery problem for a couple of weeks .......

redsurfer11
10-21-2009, 04:45 PM
Wiggle the seatbelt.