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2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Question: Car won't start - Master Electrical Indicator Light On

 

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FordHybrid, Springfield, VA, August 16, 2010, 07:42
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Can I reset the light? Would not start or jump start. Called AAA and they found bad cell in engine battery and replaced it. Still won't start. Took to dealer and they replaced hybird battery air conditioner, $560. Still won't start. They claim it is hybrid battery. Should I believe them? I didn't understand how an air conditioned would affect a starting problem.

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    bmdouble August 18, 2010, 21:45
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    sounds silly but check all of the fuses,I have seen thousands of dollars in repairs because of an overlooked blown fuse.It is also vital to know what trouble codes were retrieved to begin the diagnostic process.as far as the a/c concern,I personally have never seen this cause a no start,but have seen it cause a wrench light and vehcile to go into failure management/limited power mode.this is due to the system trying to protect the high voltage battery from overheating.

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    FordHybrid, August 19, 2010, 02:46
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    Thanks. I will call the service manager about the fuses and get the diagnostic codes. Ford has agreed to replace hybrid battery under warrantee (94k miles) which service manager says is $10,000. Wrench light displayed when I turned the key but went out in a few seconds. Master electrical triangle icon stayed on. This has been a wonderful vehicle. This is my first repair except oil and tires in five years and 94k miles. It was original engine battery and the original brake pads passed inspection at 91k miles. The new hybrid battery will arrive next week. I do want to get by vehicle back soon.

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    Visitor, August 26, 2010, 17:23

    The dealer installed the new hybrid battery. It took about five days to arrive. The car is running great. The 15 minute mileage graph shows my best millage ever for my daily commute.

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    Visitor, October 12, 2010, 10:30

    Similar problem except the car shut down in traffic. Short wait and it restarted. It was the cooling issue that will protect the battery from over heating. In this case the cooling fan stopped.

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