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Old 04-02-2015, 07:57 PM   #1
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2005 Ford Focus wont start after giving someone a boost

Hi there everyone, I am new to this site and hope I am posting this question in the right forum, my daughter has a 2005 Ford Focus sedan, she gave someone a boost at work yesterday and now her car wont start, I tried boosting her with my Dodge Ram but she has nothing at her key, her lights and everything work, I pulled all the fuses and they all look good, I don't have a manual, so don't know what fuse is for what,but I pulled them all, she said she hooked the positive to the positive and the negative to negative, she never grounded the negative to the car, like I would have done, do you think she burnt something out by boosting some one and if so, could have it been the starter, any help would be great, thanks


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Old 04-02-2015, 09:06 PM   #2
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Before a simple guess like a loose battery cable, I'd like to ask if anything works with the key.

No cranking has a few possibilities but nothing at all from turning the key would be different.
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Old 04-02-2015, 09:46 PM   #3
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The cables are tight at the battery and things work with the Kay on but when I try to turn it over there's nothing, I checked the battery with a meter and it is reading 12.5, some one on line says some cars when you use them to boost, they can go into a safety mode and wont even start with a boost and the only way to get it out of this safety mode is to unhook the battery terminals for a few minutes and then re install and then it should work, has anyone ever heard of this before, I was thinking of trying this tomorrow
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Never heard of that one.

Had to mention the cables, these often don't grip too well & look fine - double check by removing/cleaning/replacing never hurts unless absolutely sure. wondered if using cables on them might have loosened.

When everything works but cranking, and there weren't preceding problems, it's usually a problem with a safety switch. I'm assuming no "click" when key turned to start.

Manual trans. has a clutch safety switch, bridging the contacts of iot's connector is an easy bypass for testing.

Automatics - try moving the lever in park & try neutral as well for a first attempt.
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The cables are really tight but I will remove them and clean them tomorrow. the car is an automatic and I did try a couple of times in neutral to start it and nothing, not clicking at all
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Cleaned battery cables and they are good and tight,still nothing, maybe is there a fuse able link gone somewhere
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