2000 ford escort zx2 electrical weirdness

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Asked by Jun 05, 2015 at 01:04 PM about the 2000 Ford Escort ZX2

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

This has only happened a few times to me,
and they've been slightly different each time
it does, but I was hoping to get a general
idea of what to look at. I have a 2000 ford
escort zx2 automatic with 150000 miles on
it. I bought it about four months ago, and the
previous owner had let it sit in the garage for
two years. I replaced the battery and had the
alternator checked, and had the oil pan
replaced after it cracked and had the oil
changed. The first time was I was on the
express way using cruise control, I tapped
my brake to turn off cruise control and all my
interior electronics shut off for less than a
second and came back on. The second time
was I slowed to turn into a parking spot and
my engine shut off, not sputtered or
anything, just shut off, along with all the
electronics. The third time was I was exiting
the express way and as I pressed the brake
to slow to a stop, my electronics(radio, AC,
dash lights) all shut off for a second, then a
low fuel signal showed for a second and
they all came back on. This same thing
happened two more times while in park
when I pressed the brake before I planned to
shift into reverse, but hadn't touched the
stick yet. It has only shut off the engine
once, but it's still concerning. Any ideas
would be appreciated.

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Intermittent electricals are really tough sometimes, I would start by checking all of the main power and ground connections, then the harness connections, pull them apart and make sure there are no burnt contacts inside, I have seen a few of these have a bad ignition switch do this but they have been few and far between but worth a look. It might be a good idea to get a shop manual with wiring diagrams and component locator, it can save a lot of time knowing where everything is.

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Update: the car wouldn't start this morning and I noticed my brake lights stay on after the car is shut off.

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So that could be a stuck brake light switch, try pulling the the brake pedal up with your hand and see if the brake lights go out, if they go out replace the brake light switch, if they don't go out, unplug the the brake switch, if they go out that time still replace the brake light switch, if they still don't go out then you will have to locate the circuit cross connection. Was this vehicle ever in a flood? That many electrical problems makes wonder if it has been.

Question: to KjDavis2010. Did you ever get a resolution to your electric problem. My ZX2 2000 is doing the same thing. Shutting off for a second. Brake lights on one side driver's side seem to short lived.

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