Was my husband wrong and I was right saying not the battery.

Asked by Jul 06, 2016 at 05:00 PM about the 2006 Ford Focus ZX3 SES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2006 Ford Focus (purchased October in 2006).has run very well for several years.  About 2 years ago, it started dying when I would try to start it.  Two footed it many times from work, to home, from home to work.  Well, a couple of days ago, I was driving and everything went blank on dash; engine still was going.  drove home, turned off car, started up right away.  Next morning; wouldn't start, just clicked.  Husband replaced battery.  I told him after research that it wasn't the battery or alternator.  Bet a dinner.  Hopefully I am right.  Will keep you posted

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I'm willing to bet that the battery terminals had corrosion that prevented charging. Your indicators will go dark if there isn't enough power supplied to their modules (computers) because low voltage is very hard on electronics. It could have been a bad battery - they only last about 2 years now days but, it could have also been what we call "Black-post" which comes from a lack of battery maintenance. You may have to buy the man dinner!

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You have a good bet going, with all the electronic wizardry going on under the hoods of these 21st Century cars- I like your odds- it seems to NEVER be as simple as a new battery lol-

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