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Old 11-19-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Help i am new and green and at my wits end

I was given my 2001 focus se wagon 8 years ago from a friend who died it has a lot of sentimental value to me and has cleaned my bank account out when i got it it needed a engine put one in then a tranny put one in my son drove car for 2 months needed another engine his fault then after about 6 months another engine was needed due to lack of funds car sat for two years i had another engine put in had to get another brain fuel pump was replaced along with just about every bloody part on the car just got car back wire bunched together radiator blower motor not working radio was going on and off other then that car ran fine for three days then when radio wasn't working i hit it on the left side radio stayed on i was driving home about an hour away car started lossing power i literally rolled into my driveway next morning friend said my alternator wire was loss he put anoter connector on it i then drove it for 1/4 mile at which point it loss power i popped the hood the ground wire which was a bare wire was live and burnt off connection i disconnected negative terminal to battery was pushed home had the bright idea to put a insulated wire on ground did so connected negative cable to battery it caught fire disconnected negative cable thats where i am at currently out of money ideas and at my wits end any ideas

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Old 11-20-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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That sounds like you have a short to ground with an always hot circuit.
That burned up ground wire acted like the fuseable link in the short-to-ground.

So, in other words: some positive wire or electrical accessory is shorted out and completing it's ground path through the burned up wire.

Or, it is the only functioning ground on a circuit that is higher amperage than it should be.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:39 AM   #3
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Wo-ho what a mess of a post, I wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole.

When radio quits you simply hit it, there's a good plan. With that in mind maybe running car into a wall might fix it.

Solid advice here, find a good mechanic you can trust, you have no business working on the car yourself...................
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Huh.... well I'm afraid there are some problems with the wiring of the new engine. There are also problems with the ECU and the CAN bus. FYI: Ford computers can't be split up from each other. All must be programmed to work with each other (ECU, FP, ABS, etc), and so you can't just go purchase one from a yard and swap it in like that.

The new motor should've run with the old ECU as long as the motor was the same as the one taken out. What might be your problems currently- at least under the hood- are that wiring was re-installed too close to things like the EGR tube which gets very hot due. This is a common one for wiring damage. Of course you want to look around other things like the exhaust that might be burning up the wiring. This is assuming that you've got the right wires connected at the battery. There should be 2 small black wires connected on the neg battery terminal along with the big one that goes to the engine. On the positive side, you should have a single wire that splits and goes to the alternator, the starter, and the under hood fuse box.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:02 PM   #5
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Are you putting in SPI or Zetec engines?
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Oh my god. What happened here? Its like a train wreck in the first post.

I would've thought after the first new engine that you would've just unloaded the car and got something more reliable...

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Holly run on sentence Batman!!!!
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