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Old 06-11-2009, 13:24   #1 (permalink)
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99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

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No problems at all leading up to today. Today as I accelerated from a light, the transmition didn't want to shift, the speedomiter quit working, the radio had no volume, and general low power in the vehicle (The battery didn't have any issues prior to today, the car started fine. The tranny didn't have any issues either). Where do you think I should start?

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Re: 99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

Just took it to autozone, every 100-200 yards car stalled out with no power (friend then jumped me). They hooked up diognostic, it came up with no faults. They then reccomended take it back home, remove alternator and bring it back to check the anternator out.

What do you guys think?

I thought if it was the alternator it wouldn't run that far before dying.
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Old 06-11-2009, 16:59   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

Sounds like a bad alternator. What I think was happening, when you were jump starting it, it was putting a little charge back into the battery. Then when you removed the cables, the vehicle would suck what little bit of juice that was put back into the battery causing it to die.
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Re: 99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

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Sounds like a bad alternator. What I think was happening, when you were jump starting it, it was putting a little charge back into the battery. Then when you removed the cables, the vehicle would suck what little bit of juice that was put back into the battery causing it to die.


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Oh it's the Alternator alright ... Classic symptoms of a bad alternator (replaced 3 of these with the same issues)
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Re: 99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

Must be missing something here, why did they not test alternator output in situ when they did diagnostic ??? Why remove alt . to test on bench ? It could show up ok. and then fail in car due to other fault like alt. plug connection , wiring etc .
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Must be missing something here, why did they not test alternator output in situ when they did diagnostic ??? Why remove alt . to test on bench ? It could show up ok. and then fail in car due to other fault like alt. plug connection , wiring etc .
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Re: 99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

I was told by the autozone guy that they couldn't test the alternator in the parking lot (maybe he was just lazy). Today I removed the old alternator, took it to autozone where they did a bench test. It failed, so I bought a REMAN one from them, ($140) and just installed it. Short test drive done, and no problems yet. Hopefully it stays that way!

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Re: 99 Escort: low power, tranny, speedo,

Amazingly that was the first alternator I've ever had to change. Though room is limited around the engine, being on top made it an easy job overall.

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Old 06-13-2009, 00:35   #9 (permalink)
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I'm glad you got her up and running. Thanks for posting back and letting us know how it went.
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