2003 Ford Escort Automatic 95000 miles
I have a question about my 2003 Ford Escort ZX2 that I hope someone can help out with. For a long time now it's been a squeaking noise under the driver's side hood like a belt is loose but I look and it's never one loose that I can see. A few days ago I noticed the headlights would dim and get bright and the AC would go in and out. I thought it was the battery and planned to go buy one the following day. When I went to crank it up though the car wouldn't start at all, just a clicking noise. I had it towed to the dealership and the mechanic called and said he couldn't find anything wrong with it, that it started for him, and he asked me to describe the problem. I told him I thought it was the battery but I was concerned it was the alternator. He said the alternator was putting out 14V but he would go check the battery. An hour later he calls and said he ran more tests and determined the alternator was "dropping out" and that was the problem and I also needed a filter (I forget the exact name) installed to correct the squeaking problem. He quoted a very high price. I'm just wondering if I should go with his recommednation or try somewhere else. Any ideas?
have the same problem?
Friday, August 13th, 2010 AT 5:57 PM