1995 Ford Escort

Electrical problem
1995 Ford Escort 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 164000 miles

Sometimes my car won't start. I turn the key part way, dash indicator lights come on, turn the key all the way to start position and the dash lights go out. The car then has no electrical power at all (lights, radio, etc. Don't work). After this happens, if I let the car sit for 10 or 15 minutes, I get electrical power again and can try to start the car again.

I've also noticed that it's not just trying to start the car that will kill power. If I turn the key part way so that the dash lights come on then hit the break pedal or turn on the wipers, headlights or heater fan I'll lose all electrical power.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
September 12, 2008.

Check battery terminals
check /replace battery

Sep 12, 2008.