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1994 Ford Escort died while driving down the road help please

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Jan 8, 2015, 1:59 PM

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alright so I have a 1994 Ford Escort 2 door GT I think I got for cheap a while back so when I got it it worked for like two days fine then on the third day I was going down the highway and the engine just started to cut out until it just died. I figured oh it must just be the fuel pump but it is not I read a couple other forums and the same sort of thing happened to other people but it was always a different problem that caused it to get the car home I jumped it with jumper cables from someone else's car and it actually worked but once it was at my house and I went to turn it on again it won't even try cuz the battery is dead ok so different battery right? Wrong because even with a fully charged battery it doesn't do the trick it barely even tries to turn over and itit drains any batteries that you put on for no reason that I can seeso what could this possibly be can anybody help me please I'm stumped I'm not very mechanically inclined and I really would love some help thank you

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Jan 8, 2015, 2:11 PM

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Slow down a minute while I try to translate that.

OK - It starts with a jump start from another car but NOTHING on its own - right?

First: It's showing all signs that battery cables are no further good, NFG if you will.
Next: When those are known good really know battery is really good at all - any that you try. Don't just rely on some color meter if you are that they are good have them totally tested including for amps ability not just holding volts.

Then: Once it starts with cable ends known good with a known good battery fully charged up check the charging system that it's working properly.

Now tell me you don't have so much as a voltmeter? Well, you can get an idea by turning on headlights, any RWD, blower motor to full speed and turn on a directional. If it's real slow and lights go dim while everything on and brighten back up when things shut down charging system isn't up to snuff.

I'm not sure but think this is totally a Mazda engine? May need manually tightening the belt(s) on this thing? Alternator belt too loose won't charge well or enough and if left real low when if real cold will kill your battery - not just discharged, killed as it froze/cracked and no good new or not if dead while very cold,


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