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Old 11-19-2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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Hard starting issue

A few weeks ago there was a thread about hard starting. The issue was the engine was cranking longer than normal. My focus was one of the affected cars with this issue. Well, what I thought was the underlying problem turned out to be exactly what I thought, a bad battery. Some time around 2004-05 Ford changed the supplier for the batteries used on the assembly line and ever since the failure rate is much higher, than the batteries from around 1995-2003 era.

Anyway, Saturday night mine would not start at all, so this morning the wife called roadside assistance and had the car towed (on ford's dime) to the dealer and they checked it out, and sure enough, bad battery. They suspect a dead cell. Battery was replaced and all is well for now, until it happens again.

When I had my F150, they replaced the battery under warranty 3 times for the same problem, until I gave up and went out and bought my own from VatoZone. Never had a problem again.

So if anyone else is having the same issue, (and still using the OEM battery) have your battery checked out.

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