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hungledink
I have a 2000 ford focus 1.8 zetec with 89000 miles.

As I was driving home earlier, my car died on me. It was as though I had turn the car off without having done so. When I try and start it up, the dashboard lights work and the engine symbol is illuminated and the mileometer shows -- -- -- instead of the mileage. The engine itslef does nothing.

I have been advised by the recovery service who towed me home that it is an issue with my starter motor, possibly not being earthed correctly. He deduced this by activating the starter motor but noticing it didnt start the car.

Does this sound accurate? A freind of mine said it sounds more like an alternator issue.

Anyone have any advice?

Thanks in advance.
astings
I would guess it more likely to be an alternator problem, can you start the car by jump starting?
hungledink
The Greenflag guy had some contraption which he attached to the battery, guessing he was trying to jump start. Didnt work.
astings
Unusual for the car to die on you because starter faulty, unless it was running consistently to drain the battery, have you/ can you check the voltage of the battery?
astings
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martyntdci
has ur fan belt snapped, draining ur car of juice hence why you broke down with no power??? this happened to a work mate the other week in his subaru, car just died, fan belt snapped....
hungledink
Thanks for the suggestions so far everyone.

All the electrics work ins the car, lights, radio, power windows etc. Haven't got a way of testing the battery but sure thats the first thing the Greenflag guy tested, and he said battery was fine. Would the internal electrics as described work if the battery was faulty?

Regarding the fan belt, didnt check that but would the engine at least turn over if the fan belt had broke? Engine dooes nothing currently.
martyntdci
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Would the internal electrics as described work if the battery was faulty?
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Yes they would work, but be dim depending of current charge.... try having a booster pack on your battery and going from there.... Listen for clicks of the starter (if there is any) this means that battery has lack of power to crank it over......
If no success then have a look at the starter motor/earthing as this wont work unless there is more than 10-11 volts going through it.
hungledink
So ive just heard from the garage who have no idea whats wrong with it. They say its some weird electrical issue because some of the electrics work while others dont. Apparently headlights and electric windows dont work but the side lights and dashboard does. They have tested all the fuses but they seem fine.

Any other ideas what this could be?
Stoney871
Have they checked for earthing faults?
That can throw up random electrical gremlins.
hungledink
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Have they checked for earthing faults?
That can throw up random electrical gremlins.
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The greenflag guy said that aswell, said the starter motor earthing wires might need replacing, or something along them lines. Will mention that to the garage tomorrow if they draw a blank.
hungledink
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1349716292' post='210288']
Have they checked for earthing faults?
That can throw up random electrical gremlins.
[/quote]

Turns out you were right, out the battery was loose and the earthing wires had broke. £155 to repair it. Daylight robbery. [img]http://www.trustmymechanic.com/smf/Smileys/aaron/angry.gif[/img] How the first garage never spotted it I will never know. :unsure:

Thanks everyone.
Stoney871
Not cheap but at least problem solved, maybe i should open my own garage seeing as the one you went to initially didn't check something as basic as that.
Glad to be of service. :D


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