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I'm having a weird issue. 2000 focus 2.0 dohc 5 spd. The

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I'm having a weird issue. 2000 focus 2.0 dohc 5 spd. The starter won't engage at first so I push start it, after a few mins of driving it will start. I tried testing when it won't start, I get power front the battery and power at the signal when the key is at the start position, I hear the relay but switched it just in case with no luck.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome, I am Chris (aka-Moose)

So the starter is getting battery power and signal power when trying to start. This indicates the solenoid on the starter is faulty. The vibrations and heat while driving are allowing it to work later on. This fix is just to replace the starter motor.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I forgot to mention that this issue was there before I replaced the starter, the old one wasn't working properly when I bench tested it so I thought my problem was solved but then it wouldn't start again which is why I began testing
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

So you now have a new Ford stater and it is doing the same thing, not making a sound at all but getting both powers. Did you jsut check for power or confirm it is getting battery voltage?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did confirm the powers and ground, it did the same thing before I replaced it So I'm pretty Much back at one
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

All the starter needs is battery power, signal power from the relay and the ground through its mount. Looks like you need to warranty out this starter.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It was the alternator, I was on my way back to the shop and the car stalled so I checked the alternator. It was cooked so I replaced it and problem solved.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Than ks for telling me. I have never heard of a starter getting battery voltage and the alternator being to blame. Your meter may be bad, the alternator being bad would of meant the battery volts were down and the starter not getting enough volts.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can't explain it. My multimeter and power probe both gave me the same results. I've never come across something like this in my 10 yrs of service, it's definitely one for the books. Thanks for the help though it is appreciated.
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Your welcome, you can use your deposit on another question this month since there was no rating on this post.