my 2010 Ford Escape won't start, until like 5 minutes, new battery, only 84.5K miles


Asked by Sep 26, 2018 at 09:23 AM about the 2010 Ford Escape XLT FWD

Question type: General

why won't my 2010 Ford Escape start when battery is new? I only have 84,500 miles on it. Could it be key?

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Is the key not turning? Does the engine need t crank or does it crank and not start, which?

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Yes, the key turns, engine does not start, but I can hear it click., I have to keep putting key in and out of ignition, then push it hard, sometimes starts in 5 minutes, this morning, after 15 min. Nothing. A mechanic suggested I try this locksmith as it could be security system might not be picking up chip

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If you can hear a click from the vicinity of the starter, try this have someone hold the switch in the start position as you tap on the starter with a hammer if it starts replace the starter.

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I have the same problem with my 2010 Ford Escape the mechanic said the last owner had been in and they had tried for 5 hours to solve the problem but had not been able to find out what was wrong. I was thinking of buying a remote auto start in hoping it would solve the problem. When I try to start it it doesn't engage it acts like it's going to start but doesn't sometimes if I push the key in it will start. A couple of times it has been like metal on metal when I turn the key and does not start. I phoned Ford and they were no help but I have seen a lot of postings with people having this problem suggesting that the whole ignition needs to be changed which would cost a lot of money. If anyone has any idea of whether remote starter would solve this problem please let me know. Winter is coming. Thank you Mary

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Meribeth. Those noise you hear is the starter drive not engaging the ring gear, I would replace the starter first before you ruin the ring gear. A remote start will do the same thing except you won't hear the noise as the remote kills your battery.

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I recently bought a 2011 Ford Escape, that will not crank til after 5 seconds. I spoke with Ford, they said the seat belt lights has to go off before it will crank. I've noticed after the Chime I can crank it, and sometimes if I push the brake in, it will start. SO there is that.


where is the starter? It seems buried? I cannot locate it to tap it with a hammer easily.

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