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Old 05-04-2007, 17:31   #1 (permalink)
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mad 88 escort starting problems help

started my 88 escort gl (93k miles, 1.9 L4) one morning and moved it 50 feet, turned it off and then when i came outside 10 mins later it wouldn't start. i had previously fixed a headgasket problem with thermagasket a couple days before and it still had the 100% water + gasket mixture in the cooling system, maybe temps got to cold and it froze or seized or something

anyways
when key is turned all the way, the solenoid clicks once and thats it.
i tested the starter solenoid using the jumper cable method and it just clicked and nothing else. i went and bought a new one and installed it, then tried the igniton and still nothing, went and tested it with the jumper cable and the starter motor turned over for a second or two and then heard a pop like a fuse blowing or something like that.

also the fuseable links in there, how would i go about testing to see whether they are still good without cutting them is there anyway to take the fuse out??

this wagon has been kickin my ass for days
any help would be awesome
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Old 05-05-2007, 05:54   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 88 escort starting problems help

As far as testing the fusible links... Personally, I use a test light and probe both sides of the fuse. The small pin hole doesn't hut anything (in my opinion.) Other guy's like to pull it from both sides. You could run power directly to your starter to check the starter itself, just make sure it is also grounded good.

You could have continued from your other post, rather than starting another thread. It helps to keep up with the results. Have you checked all your connections. They need to be clean and tight Battery to solenoid (or relay) to starter. Both positive and ground.
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