My 2008 Ford Escape will not start. The battery is okay because lights and radio works. It will not start when you turn on the ignition. What could be the problem?

Asked by Nov 27, 2013 at 06:33 AM about the Ford Escape

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My car will not start when I turn on the ignition.  The lights and radio work fine.  What
could possibly be the problem

8 Answers


Check the battery, you might have enough voltage to have the lights on but not enough to crank over the car. Any local auto parts store will check it for free, or you can check it yourself with a voltmeter, should be 12.3 or higher. If it's the original battery, it's time for a new one, batteries usually are good for 4-6 years if taken care of.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

This is not the case with my '08 hybrid. I just got the battery changed today, and it started fine. After going to five stores without a problem, it wouldn't start AGAIN. I get lights, everything, but the engine won't start. This is my only car, and I can't afford to be without it. It takes 4- 5 trys before it starts.

16 of 16 people found this helpful.

It's still won't start with new battery n starter

10 of 10 people found this helpful.

2008 ford escape will not start new battery new starter

13 of 13 people found this helpful.

it might be the clutch safety switch idk the technical name for it, but my 2008 ford wont start either

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

It is the ignition switch. It wears out and will have to be replaced. I ordered one and watched the video on how to replace it. It is not that hard to do if you have basic mechanical skills. The part costs @ 85.00 from Parts Train and you have it in your hand within 2 days. You can also watch the video on how to repair the one in your car if you have the tools. You have to grind @ 1/4" of metal away in order for the keys to turn further allowing it to start the car.


I have a 2008 Ford escape I got into my car turn the key and all I get is a clicking sound all the lights on the car are on on the dash and the light in the vehicle is on and it's not damn why will my car not start

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I watched a video on how to fix the problem. Have to remove the switch and grind the tab inside to allow the key to turn farther to the right. Fixed the problem

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Escape in your area?

CarGurus has 100,162 nationwide Escape listings starting at $900.


Ford Escape Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
  • #2
  • #3
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Edge
980 Great Deals out of 52,236 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Explorer
1,093 Great Deals out of 70,547 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda CR-V
751 Great Deals out of 60,076 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota RAV4
732 Great Deals out of 50,423 listings starting at $1,195
Used Chevrolet Equinox
1,031 Great Deals out of 61,672 listings starting at $760
Used Ford Fusion
990 Great Deals out of 65,011 listings starting at $888
Used Nissan Rogue
659 Great Deals out of 66,229 listings starting at $2,425
Used Ford F-150
2,775 Great Deals out of 211,590 listings starting at $1,400
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
973 Great Deals out of 72,139 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Focus
790 Great Deals out of 57,024 listings starting at $1,900
Used Jeep Cherokee
405 Great Deals out of 59,300 listings starting at $3,495
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
315 Great Deals out of 17,987 listings starting at $999
Used Kia Sorento
505 Great Deals out of 31,781 listings starting at $2,499
Used Jeep Liberty
202 Great Deals out of 7,075 listings starting at $995
Used Jeep Compass
309 Great Deals out of 44,003 listings starting at $2,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.