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Ford Escort ford escort van 55 wont start. new battery installed,

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ford escort van 55 wont start. new battery installed, lights come on, no turn over, no click?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: UK Ford
Expert:  Mike replied 3 years ago.

MIKE :

Hello and Welcome to justanswer..

MIKE :

Can you tell me exactly what you have done / checked so far >?

Customer :

after being laid up for 1 week, I reattached the fully charged battery. I turned on ignition, all lights came on (ie engine heat etc) went to turn engine over and then nothing, no click, nothing.

MIKE :

Ok.. what have you checked exactly since this happened?

Customer :

I have checked all fuses and obvious connections under the bonnet

MIKE :

Ok.. the usual problem here is , either, a small wire that goes to the battery terminal missing / not been connected..or - a faulty connection on the terminals.. so , just have a good look around to see if youhave left a small wire off - with a ring connector on it. If its not that - you need to double check the charge in the battery... there have been many cases of "flat" - new - batteries... If its not that - then the starter motor is suspect.

Customer :

ok, I'll check that.

MIKE :

What I suggest you do is check the connections on the starter motor as well.. and power it - with jump leads...

MIKE :

Make sure you "Jump" the small terminal on the starter- bridged with the large one. If it clicks - its the starter at fault... I suspect it will be to be honest --

MIKE :

Im sure that will get you going... but if you need any more help , you can just come back to this post - use the reply button and get back to me.. Meantime - please dont forget the Accept button for me as you log out - Thank you.. Best Rgds - MIKE...

Customer :

have tried what you have said, and tried to jump start with leads onto battery. Still the same result.

MIKE :

Hello again... I said to use the jump leads to the starter terminals - If you recal . If you have done that ...as opposed to just a jump start to the battery - that then as mentioned, indicates a faulty starter motor - but do just check the main earths... especially from the battery to the body - and the body to the transmission first and then go from there...

MIKE :

If the wiring / earths are ok - the starter is suspect - it should then be removed and tested.

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