Your car won’t start and you must enroll a very important meeting! Don’t panic, you don’t need to be an exceptional mechanic to act effectively. By simply following the tips in this article bit by bit you will easily solve the problem and restart your Ford Focus.
First, we will try to determine the reasons that might prevent your car from starting.
It is also possible that your car crancks but won’t start.
Reasons that prevent your Ford Focus from starting
The battery may not have supported leaving your headlights on all night, or the vehicle key may have been forgotten on the ignition.
To check that it comes from the battery, and not from other causes, first examine the lighting of your headlights. Indeed, a low intensity or no lighting is definitely a bad sign for your battery.
Let’s see the different causes of failure
In most cases, for a Ford Focus that does not start, the battery is implicated because it gives the starter the energy considered necessary to start the engine.
Check if there are any lights on your dashboard. Refer to the light on to indicate the failure.
If when turning the key you can feel jolts, this is an indication of a weak battery, and consequently it needs to be recharged.
A little tip that may help you a lot is to keep jumper cables in your Ford Focus, you will save yourself a towing.
If someone you know has the cables themselves, they can recharge your battery enough for you to restart the engine and the battery to recharge itself. Wait for a moment before departing even if your car is on, you don’t need to stall at the first traffic light and have to perform the operation.
Let’s move on. Let’s imagine that your battery is recharged, but sadly your Ford Focus still doesn’t start. First, it is important to know that humidity and temperature changes generate oxidation that can deposit on the battery terminals, clogging it and preventing it from working.
When in good working order, the terminals are a metallic grey. If they have changed colour, it is important to clean them. It is possible to do this with a wire brush or sandpaper. Apply a small amount of thick grease before rubbing.
Starter of your Ford Focus
Now you have followed our advice so far but your Ford Focus still doesn’t react. It is now time to focus on the starter, the small electric motor that starts the car’s engine.
You should know that to keep it in perfect working order, a few simple and quick steps are required. You can give a few small jolts on the sharp part of the starter, which will loosen the coals and help in their passage.
It should also be noted that this part does not have a specific lifetime, everything will be based upon its use and therefore on the maintenance of your Ford Focus. When it no longer works well, it is often caused by a bad electrical contact, itself often caused by high summer heat. This cuts down the conductivity of metals. If the weather is not hot, it is not responsible
Another technique to try to start your car is to put your Ford Focus on a slope and by using the clutch pedal, the engine will sooner or later start. This will work if your battery is dead and it has not been used to start the starter. In this solution, this trick avoids solliciting it.
If, however, after driving, your battery has not recharged, (so you still cannot restart your engine with the contact even after driving) two options, either your battery is dead, or it’s the alternator. Its job is to recharge it while driving. This means that your battery may be in good condition, but it has simply not been recharged by the faulty alternator.
If despite all this you are unable determine the failure, it is still recommended to see a professional who can make a diagnosis to be more accurate. Remember everything that has been mentioned in order for you to supply him with information that could help him/her to repair your Ford Focus.
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