Unsure what's wrong

Andrea Gonzales

Asked by Jun 12, 2016 at 07:48 PM about the 1997 Ford Escort 4 Dr LX Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1997 ford escort wagon. I'm not sure
what's wrong with my car anymore. I thought it was
the starter, starter was bad. Put in a new one and it
still won't crank over. Everything powers on except
for my fan, radio and over head light. My breaks are
also locked up. Any ideas?

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well, I'm sure the connection to the battery (should be only a couple of years old) NEW is best....has two cables...actually three, two cables are such...one goes to the fender/chassis....a fat cable with a lug on the end...this one has to be free of corrosion...wirebrush to make sure they can pull the 40 amps needed for the auxilliary components, such as blower power seat or whatever..the Dash...stereo...stuff like that...then the other Black cable goes to the Engine..air conditioner mount or directly to the block...anyways this one needs to be clean and able to take a 40 amp connection...for your startermotor...also the RED cable also needs to be free of corrosion...a dot of brake cleaner and wirebrush can do wonders...as far as your brakes one can surmise that this one has a brake booster operated by vacuum...motor dies...you got no vacuum...and NO brakes...once the motor starts running...you will have brakes again~ so Fan and blower off the chassis ground and startermotor off the Block ground...both Heavy cables...got it~?

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