Why did the battery light turn on, dashboard, radio and headlights dim out them car shut off in my 1998 ford escort. Also when I try to charge battery with cables our vechile does the same thing dies?

Asked by Jul 12, 2015 at 08:37 AM about the 1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Our car will die a few minutes right
after we turn it on again. What parts
could it be and what will I need to do
to find out. Don't have much money
at all. Help!

3 Answers

11,385

It is highly likely that your alternator has an insufficient voltage output to charge the battery. Or it could be that your battery has just quit and will not hold a charge. You can have both of these items tested free at most auto parts stores. If your budget is tight, I would recommend to have both parts tested and replace only what is necessary to keep you running.

241,325

Sounds like an alternator issue or pulley/bearing that run off the serpentine belt. Is everything spraining freely? Some diagnostic and checking under the hood will be required.

What do you mean spraining freely? And how much would that be to fix?

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Escort

Looking for a Used Escort in your area?

CarGurus has 321 nationwide Escort listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Search Ford Escort Questions

Ford Escort Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,010
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 870
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 430
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Focus
632 Great Deals out of 57,259 listings starting at $795
Used Ford Mustang
537 Great Deals out of 45,845 listings starting at $1,999
Used Honda Civic
815 Great Deals out of 88,110 listings starting at $1,299
Used Ford Explorer
928 Great Deals out of 70,256 listings starting at $997
Used Toyota Corolla
858 Great Deals out of 70,595 listings starting at $1,874
Used Honda Accord
947 Great Deals out of 77,741 listings starting at $899
Used Ford F-150
2,059 Great Deals out of 207,350 listings starting at $1,499
Used Ford Taurus
270 Great Deals out of 20,574 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Fiesta
153 Great Deals out of 17,703 listings starting at $2,745
Used Chevrolet Cavalier
1,014 listings
Used Toyota Camry
1,103 Great Deals out of 90,763 listings starting at $1,599
Used BMW 3 Series
945 Great Deals out of 30,260 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

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.