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Old 12-17-2008, 21:05   #1 (permalink)
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2002 Escape Start Problem

We have an '02 Escape that has had a start problem progressively getting worse. Initially the starter would turn-over about 3-6 times before engine ignition. On occasion 7-10. Tonight it took 7-10 with two separate key turns before it started. It was in the cold, but it didn't seem that weather had an effect previously.

Any ideas?
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Old 12-20-2008, 18:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2002 Escape Start Problem

Whats the engine & mileage?

If you haven't done a tune up in the last two years I suggest getting one done with new plugs (copper core plugs will be fine). If the battery is original, you should consider getting it replaced. Also consider how many times a week you start the vehicle. If you start it 3-4 times a day for five days a week and it's a daily driver, the start motor is probably on its way out. A good way to test for a bad starter: Park the vehicle on a slight decline so you roll down. With the vehicle in park, turn the ignition to "on" but DO NOT start the vehicle. This will turn on your accessories and such. Put the vehicle into NEUTRAL and let it roll slowly down the hill. While the vehicle is rolling start the vehicle. If the vehicle starts right away then get the starter replaced. If it continues to crank while it's rolling in neutral then it's most likely electrical related. Then put it in drive.
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