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Hi Everyone,I just got a 2000 ford focus station wagon. I have replaced the PCV valve, rear pcv valve hose so far. After I replaced the rear PCV valve hose, the battery light on the dash started flashing. I drove the car home and the next morning it wouldn"t start. The electrics come one (i.e. stereo, lights, etc..) but it won"t even click... So I got a new battery and put it in. Same thing! I put the key in and the electrics come on, but it won"t even click over...Is it possible that I knocked something loose in the back when putting on the PCV valve hose?? Is there a way to check the starter or starter relay on this car? I have a dual cam focus. Thanks!Raj
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did you mess around with any of the censors near the alternator? I remember i had a similar problem and my problem was that the alternator censor had come of thus keeping the battery warning light on and also not charging my battery
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This sounds like a starter relay (solenoid). This happened with my 2000 F150. If the focus has a similar solenoid you can switch on the ignition and short the solenoid terminals with a screwdriver to see if it starts. If the car starts when you short it, either the solenoids gone bad or there"s another problem going to the solenoid like you knocked a wire loose. Sorry I don"t know that year of Focus to give you exact instructions but better advice should be in a forum somewhere.
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first thing to check is the cable end at the starter. the cable actually goes from the battery to the alternator with a tee at the starter solenoid. in all their wisdom they couldnt leave a bit of slack. after awhile the tee terminal can snap apart basically leaving a cable from battery to alternator.If you were messing around the cable and pulled it or such the tee terminal may have broken which is easy to check...it shouldnt move at the starter. if you have power to everything but the starter I can almost guarantee this is the problem. been there done that. never noticed it until I was removing the starter.If its broken its a dealer only cable. no one makes one with the tee in it.
we have 00 focus se sound like my problem ive tryed jumping starter seloind it will crank but not start not a cable problem .tryed nutrural and park sill wont fire but have u tryed these .
Hi Guys,A few questions before I go out and check the car 1: Where is the starter solenoid? Is it near the firewall on the passenger side of the car? 2: Is the starter also in the same location? I"ve heard that they are hard to access on this car. I"ve tried searching for the location but couldn"t find it.I have the 2.0 DOHC version of this car. Hopefully it"s one of the connections is loose to the starter or starter solenoid! Raj
on my 00 se looking ai the battery pos cable there is a wire conector in the same area it is a 1 wire conector 2-3 inch in length black plastic notsure wire color or id check 4 u . seloinoid is on starter if u place a wire from batt pos to the side of conector going towards the lower side of eng it should crank over
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Perhaps this is an evil coincidence. Those happen sometimes when working on cars. I"m going to pretend like I don"t know that you just fiddled around under the hood, and the first thing I"d want to know is which transmission you have? If you have a manual transmission, then something might be amiss with the clutch position switch. If you have an automatic transmission then you should check out the neutral safety switch. I"ve heard of problems with those due to spilled drinks in the console fudging up NS switch- and have you tried shifting into N and starting it there?
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Hi,Okay so I took a look at the wiring. Everything so far seems to be securely in place. I tried cleaning the battery contacts. Still nothing. I have a auto trans, also tried putting it in Nuetral. I tried looking for the starter by following the negative battery cable back to the firewall of the engine. Can you see the starter by looking underneath the intake manifold? I have a multimeter so I could unplug the starter solenoid and test the volts.
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What"s the PATS (Passive Anti Theft) light doing during an attempted start? On a 2000, it"s a red LED light in the middle of the dash by the hazard switch. It should be off once the instrument gauges come on. Confirm normal operation of the PATS system first.
Did you check the starter relay fuse? (in engine compartment) and start relay wire.The wire to the starter solenoid runs very close to the egr pipe and can melt too it (even thru the insulation, ask me how I know.....)The starter solenoid wire (8-10 gauge wire) has a 1 pin connector close to the positive battery terminal, and runs close to the main positive cable, and the egr tube.....

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If you have an automatic transmission then you should check out the neutral safety switch. I"ve heard of problems with those due to spilled drinks in the console fudging up NS switch- and have you tried shifting into N and starting it there?
The neutral safety switch is part of the transmission range sensor on the front of the tranny (follow the shift cable until you find a lever arm on the transmission casing). The only switch on the console shift lever on automatics is the overdrive on/off. Starter solenoid is a smaller cylinder on top of the starter motor. Starter and solenoid is a one piece assembly tucked up under the intake manifold between the manifold and the motor. You can see it, if you have a flashlight and a mirror on a stick. PITA to get the damn thing in and out. Starter relay is in the main fusebox in the cabin. Things in the circuit between you and a starting vehicle:1. Battery2. Cables (positive and ground)3. Ignition switch4. Starter relay5. Transmission range sensor (neutral safety switch). There are a couple of sets of contacts here that could go bad and prevent starting. Contacts 6 and 9 are in between the start relay and the starter solenoid. Contacts 1-5 and 1-8 report back to the PCM (engine computer) whether the tranny is in neutral or park. If any of those sets of contacts are bad, you get no start/no crank. 6. Starter motor and solenoid Note also that the wizards of Ford got together with the insurance demons and came up with the PATS (Passive Anti Theft System). Its easily confused and will refuse to let you start your vehicle if you haven"t shined your shoes or shaved recently.