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Old 08-29-2013, 17:39   #1 (permalink)
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Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

First off I know NOTHING of cars so sorry if you cant understand me. Please get back ASAP I may sell it today I am trying to but if it works I wont need to.


I bought a brand new battery so I doubt its that, my alternater is bad from what I've heard from auto zone. I have connected the battery correctly with help, and on the negative cord there is a little yellow cap and coming out of that is another cord, going to wherever I have no clue so I hope you understand me. It had like a circle with a cog looking thing in the middle and I am wondering were it goes to my dad says its useless but if it was why would the there be a wire going to the yellow cap and then going somewhere else not just a cord directly to the negative cord is there a meaning to that cog looking cord or not?

Again sorry if you don't understand I know nothing of cars my brother bought it for me and my little sister for a present but its been sitting there for years and I only drove it once and it died when I was at the mall.



theres is an extra cord comeing from the negative cord from the battery that doesnt connet to anything and it looks like a cog in the middle, when I touch it to metal it sparks
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Old 08-29-2013, 18:46   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

Ok so I didn't really understand what your asking!!


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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

Post pictures of what you're talking about.
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

the bronze part with the hole looks like a cog on mine and has another cord going to somewhere else in the car. best pic i cna find
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

Can you take a picture of it on the car and post it?
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Old 08-29-2013, 23:07   #6 (permalink)
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the hole/cog part where do i put it?
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

Being negative earth , that looks like a body earth/ground that may have been fitted to battery retaining plate bolt or inner valance.
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

Also its a replacement negative battery cable and that's why its connected with the yellow twist connector. Like RS posted above, it should connect to the inner fender-well but doesn't look like it will reach. Is there a bolt in the area in front of the battery that it will reach? Make sure it is a metal (body) surface and connect it if possible. Doing this might correct the issues you've been having.
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

there is a bolt it can reach but its missing...., don't really understand what you mean cause I know nothing of cars, that bolt in the picture there is one it can reach but its missing is that the type of thing I need to connect it to or is it a specific part of the car?

And my brother has a bunch of tools what would it be called to take of that bolt if anyone knows exactly like what kind of wrench like money or....

BTW thx for the help so far guys if it works I wont sell it.
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Re: Problem with my ford escort 88 battery or alternator?

The other end of the - negative battery cable is connected to the engine. There should be a ground strap from the engine to the body to transfer the ground to the body, but sometimes can be broke or missing and that's why there is a smaller wire coming off the cable that connects to the body to ensure a proper ground. In other words, you may not be getting a good ground to the body from the engine. That's why the smaller wire needs to be connected. If you can connect the small wire anywhere to the body that is metal it should be a sufficient ground to the body. If it does not correct your issues it you may have wiring problems elsewhere in the electrical system.

A socket of the correct size or even a crescent wrench should remove the bolt. After removing the bolt, slide the eye of the connector over the bolt and reattach. If its the bolt shown to the right of the battery in the photo that you're talking about, it looks like a 10mm to me.
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