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2000 ford focus se: 130,000 miles... it..well maintained

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hi.. i have a 2000 ford focus se with 130,000 miles... it has always been very well maintained... however, about a month ago my "check battery" light started coming on periodically. soon after my headlights started browning out. i replaced the alternator but the problem has gotten worse since then. i now have no working turning signals/4-ways. it idles strange, accelerates slowly and my dashbord guages have started to spaz.i've checked every fuse and connection i can think of....... HELP!   thanx~ REESE
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Tech501 replied 11 years ago.
 Is it still starting on it's own?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tech501's Post: yes... it's starting on it's own and hasn't stalled yet..
Expert:  Marc replied 11 years ago.
 

Did you check the fuses in the battery junction box under the hood?
Expert:  Tech501 replied 11 years ago.
 You have every symptom of a dead battery from a bad alternator, except it has enough power to start on its own. Check all the fusable links coming off the starter solonoid on the fender well. Check any small wires going to the battery both positive and negative. You have to have a bad power suppy somewhere, I' say.  Also check a 10A fuse in the battery junction box that powers the alternator.
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to enginboy's Post: yes.. everything there checked out ok
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
ok... thanx so much, i'll give it a try ~ :)
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