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Old 01-14-2009, 11:35   #1 (permalink)
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There is some kind of electrical problem. There was three electrical wires plugged into this square plastic thing which was attached to the positive side of my battery column. There were some problems with battery acid and the entire positive connection was not connected to the battery anymore. So i bought a new connection and put it back on. But the plastic thing that these three wires were attached to were messed up so i just took them out of the plastic thing and put them directly onto the battery. It sounds like these wires are connected to the fuel pump or something to do with causing my car to start. If I do not connect these wires then my car engine will not turn over and start.
When i connect the wires everything starts up fine. But once i put it into drive and step on the gas it will turn off within a couple of seconds. I dont know if it is when i change into second gear or if it is when i hit a certain speed. The car turns completely off. The service engine light turns on.
I can put the car into nuetral and it starts right up again. But once i get going it will shut off.
WHAT IS GOING ON? Do i need knew spark plugs? Is something loose?
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:25   #2 (permalink)
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There is some kind of electrical problem. There was three electrical wires plugged into this square plastic thing which was attached to the positive side of my battery column. There were some problems with battery acid and the entire positive connection was not connected to the battery anymore. So i bought a new connection and put it back on. But the plastic thing that these three wires were attached to were messed up so i just took them out of the plastic thing and put them directly onto the battery. It sounds like these wires are connected to the fuel pump or something to do with causing my car to start. If I do not connect these wires then my car engine will not turn over and start.
When i connect the wires everything starts up fine. But once i put it into drive and step on the gas it will turn off within a couple of seconds. I dont know if it is when i change into second gear or if it is when i hit a certain speed. The car turns completely off. The service engine light turns on.
I can put the car into nuetral and it starts right up again. But once i get going it will shut off.
WHAT IS GOING ON? Do i need knew spark plugs? Is something loose?
1999 FORD ESCORT SE AUTOMATIC




Hello and good day to you:

Wow....This is a Tuff one.
May I ask a few question first???

1. This "Plastic Thingy" was it Red..Black..or a different color??
2. What cause you to look at the Battery in the first place??
3. Any way you can get the car to Autozone, or Advance Auto to have them take a Reading of the CEL (check engine light) OBDII Codes???
4. Was the car working fine before this??
5. These Three wires...are you sure that they were on the "Positive Post", not the "Negative"
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Old 01-14-2009, 15:58   #3 (permalink)
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The plastic thingy was all black... it had red and yellow spaces where the wires were supposed to plug into it.
I have had battery connection problems in the past from battery acid build up.
I live not too far from a Autozone. It would be kind of hard to drive it there and back since it keeps shutting off before i can even make it up to 15mph.
The car was working fine before this
It could be the negative post? i am not sure. it is on the post closest to the windsheild.
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The plastic thingy was all black... it had red and yellow spaces where the wires were supposed to plug into it.
I have had battery connection problems in the past from battery acid build up.
I live not too far from a Autozone. It would be kind of hard to drive it there and back since it keeps shutting off before i can even make it up to 15mph.
The car was working fine before this
It could be the negative post? i am not sure. it is on the post closest to the windsheild.





OK...just a couple more questions:

1. Was the Black Plastic Thingy "Square"???
2. Now this is important...Are you Sure there was ONLY 3 Wires and not 4??

The Post nearest to the Firewall/Windsheild is the NEgative. I believe this connector is part of the Grounding for the Fuel Injection System.

I will take a photo of my 99 Escort SE Battery layout, and try to see if this is what you are talking about...

I will also talk to several of my Ford Friends to see what they think this may be.
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The plastic thingy was squarish and at the bottom of it there was this metal or brass or bronze piece that had a circle cut out which went on a bolt that was tightened onto my battery connection screw for the negative post.
There were actually 3 wires to begin with that went into the connections that were red and yellow into the plastic square thingy. The wires were clamped together at the end with some kind of metal clasp clamp. So really there are 6 wires. Two pairs of the wires are thicker and bristley than the other pair which is more of a fine wiring.
So there are 3 pairs of wires. 6 total wires. 2 pairs or 4 wires are thicker and more bristle like than the other pair which is thin and more fine.
I hope this description helps out. THANKS
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The plastic thingy was squarish and at the bottom of it there was this metal or brass or bronze piece that had a circle cut out which went on a bolt that was tightened onto my battery connection screw for the negative post.
There were actually 3 wires to begin with that went into the connections that were red and yellow into the plastic square thingy. The wires were clamped together at the end with some kind of metal clasp clamp. So really there are 6 wires. Two pairs of the wires are thicker and bristley than the other pair which is more of a fine wiring.
So there are 3 pairs of wires. 6 total wires. 2 pairs or 4 wires are thicker and more bristle like than the other pair which is thin and more fine.
I hope this description helps out. THANKS




Ok I got a good idea what the heck you are describing,,,and what it is...I just need to call a Friend this weekend to make sure...and have him verify this...

BTW...I believe two of those wires can only be tide together...All of the wires can not be put together...

Let me get some answers for you..and some photos.
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so what do you think the problem is? how come my car can run in park or neutral but when i put it in drive and give it some gas it will turn off?
so which wires could be together and which ones need to be separate?
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so what do you think the problem is? how come my car can run in park or neutral but when i put it in drive and give it some gas it will turn off?
so which wires could be together and which ones need to be separate?




Hello FFordd...I need your premision to send you a E-mail, or a P/M message here on the ford.

Please advise???
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yes, you can email me...
jarredz@southbayabrams.com or jarredzitt@yahoo.com

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