Starter engaged with ignition switched off, key removed.
I will try to be concise, but typing out the description may help me figure it out.
Issue begins: (possible irrelevent clue) noticed low battery in remote for keyless entry indicated by reduced range of lock enable..
Entered car after parked for aprox 20 min, insert key and put foot on brake. Turn key and get no response other than the usual lights. Check gear position and foot on brake and repeat. No response. turn off key and try shifting automatic lever out of park and back. When it goes back into park it engages the starter even though I have the key in my hand. I quickly put the key back in and as soon as I turn it to power on, the engine starts up. I hear rattle that seems to indicate starter is still trying to rotate with flywheel. I move the shift to "R" and the noise stops. At this point you may say, "well it started so whats yer problem?"
When I move the gear shift back to either neutral or park I hear the familiar sound of a starter trying to start a car thats already running....
So I think the neutral safety switch or something similar is stopping the power to the starter when it is in gear.
So I test this several times and replace the battery on my remote since it also includes a remote start feature... but testing the remote start gives no error on the alarm console and I hear the relays click and the usual lights flash as if it is going through the sequence, which stops , as it should , since I have the car in drive to keep it from cranking.
Consulting the chiltons manual *seems* to indicate that there is no starter relay on the wiring diagram and a cursory look under the hood does not find one either.
Does anyone know where to look exactly, for a starter relay to check for short? Or any other clues for this ? I cannot put it up on the ramp or jackstands until the road work on my street is completed next week, since they tore up the only flat section of the front driveway... I will find a place to get under it tomorrow, but it is currently parked and chocked with the key in it and in gear. If the battery is dead tomorrow I will know that a short is in the sequence somewhere... and start out by power cycling the system by disco of battery before tracing each wire in the start circuit and disengaging the remote start.
Ford Escort LX 1993, DOHC 1.8 (Mazda engine?) Auto trans.
and after market:
REMOTE MADE BY: ALPINE ®
LED or LIGHT: green
FCC ID: B23AT68
P/N - MODEL: SEC-8063
and possible Alpine remote start mod. or other mfg, (not located yet.)
Bought used and I have no idea who the dealer is.