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No crank no start Ford Escape

Ford Escape won’t start, electrical accessories don’t work Ford has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) 06-9-3 to cover problems with intermittent power windows, door locks, keyless entry, lighting, speed control, radio, instrument cluster warning lamps. The problem affects 2001-04 Ford Escape vehicles and occurs more in cold weather. Ford directs you to examine connectors C134 and C263 for signs of corrosion. A water leak in the left pillar may be the original cause of the problem. Remove the driver’s side kick panel to access the connector C263. It’s the one … Read More

erratic gauges

How to fix erratic gauges I see lots of posts on car forums where the poster has really strange electrical problems like erratic gauges or the the blower will only work when the brakes are applied, or lights work only when certain other electrical accessories are either on or off. Most DIYers automatically assume these electrical problems are caused on the power side of the electrical device. In almost all cases, it turns out to be on the ground side. Car makers install multiple grounding points in every vehicle. They … Read More

Power windows, radio, blower Grand Caravan

Power windows, radio, blower stop working Dodge Grand Caravan If you run into a problem where these electrical accessories work when the key is turned to the RUN position but the engine is off, but stop working when the engine is running, the problem may be either the ignition switch or the intelligent power module (IPM). Start by checking the voltages from the ignition switch when it is in various positions. With the key out, the ignition switch reports 4.6 volts to the BCM. The voltage goes down to 4.04 … Read More


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