2012 ford focus. It won't start. Nothing. But lights and radio work.

Asked by Jul 21, 2016 at 09:04 PM about the 2012 Ford Focus

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My friends 2012 ford focus would not start when she was leaving work. She said it did nothing when she turned the key. She said the lights and radio come on though. Can you give me an idea of the potential problem(s)? Thank you

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If vehicle is an automatic put vehicle in neutral and try to start if still no start remove battery terminal ends and clean.

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check the battery does not need topping up.. sometimes the battery shorts across the plates especially when a heavy current like starter motor is involved. This can also cause misfiring and engine cutting out when braking or cornering.

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Hello I have the same exact car with the same problem. Were you able to find a solution? I replaced the battery and I still have the same issue.

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So many possible problems. That's a very vague explanation.. for a car to start you need electricity and gas, if you're not getting one of those the car one start. So lots of explanations.

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Ecm. Common in 2012 focus

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My name is Ray. You may need to replace the Neutral Safety switch on the transmission. You can find them online for around $80-130. If you tested the starter itself and it works fine (by jumping the small terminal on the starter to the battery positive terminal) than this is most likely your issue. The Neutral Safety switch is located on the transmission under the battery, so it may take a while to get to it. Hope this helps.

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Here is how to test the starter. See Photo. Unless you have the vehicle in Park DO NOT ATTEMPT. - make sure vehicle is in Park, connect a jump wire to the starter where my finger is pointing to... You will see it. Next, connect the other end of the jumper wire to the Positive Terminal of the battery... If it turns the engine over, then the starter is not bad and it is either the relay or the Neutral Safety Switch.

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Corrosion is another possibility. Undo the battery terminal on the positive post... Above the oil filter you will see the back of the starter. Remove the nuts from the Starter wires and spray with PB or some Penetrating Oil. Replace the nuts. Follow the smaller wire up to wherever it goes and move it around. If you find a Plug ... Unplug it spray with PB and plug it back in. These cars are very sensitive to a weak battery also, have it tested. If it is testing at below 400CCA it will probably act like the Selector Switch (aka Neutral Safety switch) is bad. Keep them in mind. If I helped you Add me on FB and Like :) Good Luck... If all is good the fix shouldn't take more than 20minutes... You may spend an hour or two, but studying everything is OK.

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I have the same car. 2012 ford focus and it has started to give me the same problem. No dashboard lights will come on when you switch the key to on position, and the car won't start. Everything else works, head lights, radio and Windows do open by the remote me. So this means it's not the battery. Please help!

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