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2008 EDGE won't start

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Hi all,

 

My ford edge has an unusual issue. It first happened about 3 months ago, was at the neighborhood store, came out to the car, and when I turned the ignition, I lost all power. No door locks, no dash/headlights, nothing. Went home, brought another car up, and the second I hooked up the jumper cables, the headlights turned on, and then the car started.

 

Ran / started fine for the past 90 or so days. Yesterday, the same thing happened, but in my driveway. This time however, the jump doesnt work. I disconnected the battery, cleaned the terminals, and when I re-connect the battery, the lights turn on. I can turn the key to the first position and the dash lights, and radio all work. But if I continue and turn the key to start, everything goes dead again, and i need to disconnect/reconnect the battery to get the dash lights/etc to come back on. The only icon that is on when the power is completely dead, is the little security lock in the lower left corner- it flashes about every 3 secs. Not sure if that's the culprit, or if it's something else. I tried both keys I have for the car. Both have the same effect, - turn the car to start and lose all power?

 

Any ideas, or has anyone seen this behavior before?

 

Thanks in advance

 

Pike

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How old is your Edge's battery? It could have gone bad.

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The Battery is 2 years old, but shows a 12.5v charge on the multimeter. I left the lights on for about 5 minutes before testing it, and they never got dim.

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Could still be a bad battery. They don't fail like they used to. Find a shop and test the CCAs - I bet they're really low (300 or less). Worst case just put a new battery in and see if that fixes it. It's a good bet and you won't have to worry about it for 2-3 more years.

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Also - let it sit connected to a jump source for about 10-15 minutes. Sometimes if the battery is really bad it takes some time before you can jump it.

 

And if you don't already have one, get a jump box that way you can jump yourself without another car. And keep it charged and in the car (if you don't replace the battery).

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Left it connected for 15 this morning to my other car, same thing, turn the ignition to start and everything dies. Accessory position is fine, dash lights up, etc.

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