Ok someone help me Ford mechanic or non. My 2002 Ford Escape V6 4x4 has been giving me lots of electrical issues (I know it's prone to them). The latest and greatest is my car was dead after sitting


Asked by Jul 18, 2015 at 12:38 PM about the 2002 Ford Escape XLS 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Ok someone help me Ford mechanic or non.
My 2002 Ford Escape V6 4x4 has been
giving me lots of electrical issues (I know
it's prone to them). The latest and greatest
is my car was dead after sitting for so long
and I purchased a new battery. Put it is and
viola, car was in champ mode again. About
a week or two later and starting it every
other day, it went dead again. Jumped it and
bam worked great. Left it overnight and
dead in the AM. Went back to the shop I
purchased the battery from and exchanged
it for a new one. Installed and "champ
mode" again. Vehicle ran great, everything
normal until a few days ago when it was
dead after leaving it sit for a few days. It
takes a jump and starts right up but after
leaving it overnight stays dead (until I jump
it). I've cleaned terminals on battery and
changed battery connectors. Now my only
guess is my radio because it will actually
stay on until I turn it off manually. It has a
removable face as well and I always turn it
off before I take out the face (just in case
leaving it on was draining it). I am in no way
mechanically inclined just been around
vehicles and shops so I assume I remember
"shop talk" and if the battery is dead, vehicle
wont start...if the alternator is bad, vehicle
wont run...mine starts and runs (like a
champ once it's on) so I'm totally lost,
please provide assistance. 

5 Answers


If your radio has a removable face then I am pretty sure it is an aftermarket radio. It may be wired incorrectly to where it is on all the time and drains the battery. Perhaps have someone check to see if it is wired correctly.

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I thought that as well but the radio has been installed for over 5 years now, the issues started about 9 months ago. I was thinking of jumping it and letting it run for the day with the radio fuse out and see if I still have the same issue.


Watch and learn, you need to find what is draining the battery and save some time from replacing and jumping the battery.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF1gijj03_0

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I will check it out. Thanks to both of you for responding, it is greatly appreciated.


Suggestion. Pull out a fuse over night and see what happens. You have to isolate the system that is draining the battery.

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