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Old 07-21-2009, 16:18   #1 (permalink)
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88 Escort GT in need of some help

My 88 Escort GT has a problem where the battery keeps dying for no reason. I bought a new battery 2 days ago and now the new one is dead. is there anyone out there who knows what the problem is and how is can be fixed?
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My 88 Escort GT has a problem where the battery keeps dying for no reason. I bought a new battery 2 days ago and now the new one is dead. is there anyone out there who knows what the problem is and how is can be fixed?


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I would first strongly suggest that you have your Alternator check. You can have this done at any Auto Zone, or Advance Auto. The problem with this is that you will have to take the Alternator out of the car to be tested.

Also make sure your Serpentine Belt is tight and in good order. You may have a Dead Ground(Short) somewhere that is causing the battery to drain of power.
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As "Sterling Six " suggests , sounds like alternator knackered . You can get alternator output checked in position , without removing from car . Simple two minute job which any local auto electrician / garage can do . Saves you the hassle of removing unit and doing without car just to get it tested .Alternator could be ok and it could be a fault on wiring /socket connection though probably will be alternator . Give battery a charge and run car down to someone near for testing.
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i totally agree to check the alternator first, you can buy a cheap analog voltmeter at any autozone for 10 bucks and do it your self, just start your car and conect it and it should read around 14 volts, or the green zone, if itworks well, disconect your negative batery post and conect the black clamp of the tesater on the post and the red clamp on the terminal you just disconected and it should be aprox. 10 volts, no more, if it is higher, you should start disconecting one fuse at a time until you find the surce of the drenege.
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i totally agree to check the alternator first, you can buy a cheap analog voltmeter at any autozone for 10 bucks and do it your self, just start your car and conect it and it should read around 14 volts, or the green zone, if itworks well, disconect your negative batery post and conect the black clamp of the tesater on the post and the red clamp on the terminal you just disconected and it should be aprox. 10 volts, no more, if it is higher, you should start disconecting one fuse at a time until you find the surce of the drenege.


Absolute great advice, and I totaly forgot this simple check...
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disconect your negative batery post and conect the black clamp of the tesater on the post and the red clamp on the terminal you just disconected and it should be aprox. 10 volts, no more, if it is higher, you should start disconecting one fuse at a time until you find the surce of the drenege.
Be sure to do this with the engine/ignition switch off.
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Be sure to do this with the engine/ignition switch off.
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