I took it up there Friday and all they did was replace the battery with a brand new one, 400CCA-500CA. I told them it wasn't just the battery. But they put it in and it crancked right up no problem or odd noises. But they didn't look at anything else when I asked them to. I guess they underistimate my knowledge. If I don't know I ask 20 people and the majority is usually always right. They just thought of me as an idiot and I let the battery run dead.
Now today, Sunday, I just finished washing it and when I hopped in nothing again. I worked fine for a day and a half with the new battery. This time I did not try to start it whit a screw driver so the battery would be full when I take it to them tommorow.
This time I took off the ground on the starter and cleaned it--Nothing. I tryed a different battery with more CCA--Nothing. And when I turned the ignition none of my dome lights dimmed out. So it seems to me there is no power going to the starter period. If that is the case would it be the starter relay? I was planning on leaving for college in Tulsa, 4 1/2 hr 217mile trip, tommorow, Monday. If that is the case is there a quick fix till a find a shop in Tulsa to fix it properly or is there another way to get it to cranck and fire?
I did stop by the Ford dealership and asked a few questions. I asked why it wanted to crank but didn't fire up running. They said the starter relay is tied into the fuel relay. If the starter relay has no power the fuel injectors won't kick in. So it has to run through ignition, to the starter relay for the fuel relay to run the injectors.
Just to let you know.
On the other hand after they put in the new battery Friday when I took off from the car lot, on my first turn the whole vehicle shook when I made a slow turn. I it to the Ford dealership cause no one had a clue what it was. Ford said and showed me that all 4 ball joints were out and that I need a new rack and pinion. All of that alone is $340 for parts before taxes. Not to enclude labor cost of what I can't put on myself. And then there's getting the alignment afterwards which will cost about $70 to $140. SO far I'm looking at $420- $480 just have it back to "proper" drivability with after market parts. And the shocks need replaced at $23 per shock with cheap Monroe shocks. So lets make it $560 before taxes.
Sunday, February 14th, 2010 AT 6:41 PM