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Strange Car Question

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Josh Ryan, Feb 19, 2004.


  1. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    A friend of mine has an 93 Ford Escort. This AM, he drove to town, everything went fine. Trying to leave, he was greeted with no turnover. He can't remember if he heard the solenoid click or not. He could randomly get the seatbelts to move by turning the key halfway. He got a jump, all seemed well. I was thinking alternator ground?? Anyway, now when he hits the brakes, his engine revs to redline. He could not see any cable obstructions etc. His brakes and clutch are on the same hydraulic system. Any ideas? :confused:
     
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    -terrorists?
    -ghosts?
    -imps?
    -LSD?
    -a very intelliegient and tiny animal that snuck into the car?
    -magnatic pneumo tracking facilitators that sometimes interfere with the brake/valve/piston hypo-thoratacostyle. this often causes what they call gastral braking super rev malfunction (or GBSRM for short)?











    can you tell i'm really bored.
     
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
     
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Have you checked the alternator fluid?
     
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001

    Yep, as well as the flux capacitor uplink. I wouldn't believe it either if I hadn't seen it for myself.
     
  6. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    ....something went nuts anyway. It made so littkle sense to us, he actuallly took it to a garage.
     
  7. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    What color is the car?
     
  8. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
    Try rebooting it. If that doesn't work you may have to re-format and install from scratch.
     
  9. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    That sounds like a computer error. The computer could be messed up. Is he using cruise control? Sometimes if you use cruise on a manual trans, and push the clutch, the engine will rev because there is no load, and the cruise doesn't disengage fast enough. My sister has a 94 escort with a manual. The the clutch is not connected to the braking sytem if I remeber correctly. If that were true, the clutch would be very hard to use when the engine is not running. They use a long-travel hydraulic cylinder to push a shorter but wider piston in the clutch slave cylinder. That sounds like the battery needs to be disconnected, and allow the computer to reset. Then try the same thing again. Apart from that, he might need a new car computer.
     
  10. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Rusty :p
     
  11. mikemulcahy

    mikemulcahy

    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Probably a relay on the harness got fried. The Starter runs on 1o-12 volts, but the engine in the run position uses 8 or less. There is a resistor with a relay that alternates between the run and start positions. If that one goes bad, and usually does without warning, you get nothing but idiot lights.

    Or the wigglet pin is stuck in the skinuuten valve.


    Mike
     
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001

    This makes the most sense yet. When Pelham auto fixes it, I'll ask him what it was.
     
  13. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Some starting problems are attributed to a single small wire on the solenoid in the starter that has a habit of coming loose. It's a small wire with a simple connector. If it comes loose, your car won't start. Great for hooking up a starter disconnect. Actually, most cars have this.
     
  14. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    When's the last time you changed the air in the tires?
     
  15. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Obviously the muffler bearings need to be oiled!!!
     
  16. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    We cant help you without this important info.

    Peace
    Nick