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Alternator or wiring? 2001 Ford escape.


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Shaynemack
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Dec 14, 2014, 11:12 PM

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2001 ford escape
3l, v6, 4wd

Friday night we were taking a 200km drive. We were on a highway and had just past the last exit for 90km when our battery light came on. We tried to make it to the next exit assuming the alternator went but didn't quite make it. We did make it about 80kms before finally the radio went black and we pulled over to the side of the road. Not a moment too soon as the steering went stiff and I assume the car turned off. As it's a $400 tow job from that place we opted to buy a couple batteries the next morning and try to drive it home. The car started up fine, and while the battery light remained on, we were able to drive it home. We tried replacing the battery and the battery light went out, but the interior dash lights seem a bit more dim (could be our imagination). We were able to drive about 80kms so far like this with no problems yet. The battery light is not currently on but now the emergency brake light is on. Could this be related somehow to a faulty alternator? Does this mean my alternator is going and not yet gone? Any opinions?


Hammer Time
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Dec 15, 2014, 3:01 AM

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Does this mean my alternator is going and not yet gone? Any opinions?


An intermittent failure is still a failure. It does sound like a bad alternator.



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