Re: Ford Escape - Starting Problems
I'd replace the spark plugs & ignition wires with a reputable brand. If this has been done in the last 35K then don't bother as it probably won't help. I believe the 100K service might have taken care of that, but sometimes dealers have their own guidelines on what to do, even more so if it was recently done in the last 'x' amount of miles.
Another thing that just popped into my mind is the starter itself. On an older 2003 GMC Savanna that I used to drive, the starter motor would bind itself against the flywheel, which turns over and starts the engine. Anyway, just before it was sold this problem was still happening. I'd turn the key with the vehicle off and in park and the vehicle had power, etc, but would not crank at all. My temporary solution was to try my best to park the vehicle on an incline and turn the key 'on'; place the transmission into neutral and let the vehicle roll and then it would start just fine. It's just a thought, perhaps your ol' timer mechanic has heard of that problem before....
The techs at Ford should be able to at least guide you in the right direction.
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