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[EDIT- first posted under wrong index; put in 1.8L; meant to post it here...so here we go again lol]

So my sweet baby Escort just completely died on me about 3 days ago.
I put the key in the ignition and, while in the ON position, all lights and such turned on inside the vehicle like it always does.
But when I went to start it up it died.
No clicking or any other noise whatsoever.
Thinking that the battery finally went out on me, I went to Auto Zone and bought myself a new battery!!
The boyfriend and I hooked it all up and triple-checked ALL connections.
Went in to start it up; absolutely nothing.
Nothing turned on in the ON position, vehicle didn't even try to start up.
We checked everywhere in that engine.
We even checked the fuse box under the dashboard to the left of the pedals.
Now we didn't find anything that should stop it from running our first couple times through.
But this afternoon we looked in the fuse box located in the actual engine itself and found that the 100amp (blue in colour) appeared to possibly be broken.
(the metal band thing inside the fuse had a gap between two pieces if that makes any sense)
It's the fuse in the center that is bolted down?
I checked the manual and it seems to power the alternator.

Unfortunately I am not at all savvy with cars and engines so I have no idea; could that maybe be the problem?
Any ideas or help would be wonderful before I throw the money around for a tow truck to get me to a shop.
(being broke makes this terrible timing on my cars part)
Thanks in advance for anything!!!
 

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yeah, if your entire car is not getting power and a huge fuse is blown, I would definitely change the fuse. Gap in fuse does indicate fuse is blown. I'm wondering what happened to cause that fuse to blow. It might indicate another problem.

 

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I'm actually not entirely sure how old that fuse really is so it might just be age.
I bought the car off of my friend so yea
Do fuses blow if their age is up there?
It would make sense to me

THANK YOU!!!!

Macgyver4 said:
yeah, if your entire car is not getting power and a huge fuse is blown, I would definitely change the fuse. Gap in fuse does indicate fuse is blown. I'm wondering what happened to cause that fuse to blow. It might indicate another problem.

 

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The fuses wont go bad just from old age if they dont get wet and corroded, especially the 100 amp fuse; which I believe is screwed into the fuse holder, not just shoved in.

BUT.... If someone working on the alternator, or spark plugs, or around that fuse box next to the battery - accidentally got a metal wrench between something with 12 volts on it, and shorted it briefly to ground - that might have melted the fuse partly; enough to die - at some later time.
 

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Yea it is definitely screwed in.
That is the kind of specific scenario that I am sure rarely happens.>>
thanks for the info!
bought a new fuse this morning and am going to be installing later tonight. I'm hoping there's no underlying problems that will just do the same thing again.
If so I guess it's off to a mechanic for a full workup

denisond3 said:
The fuses wont go bad just from old age if they dont get wet and corroded, especially the 100 amp fuse; which I believe is screwed into the fuse holder, not just shoved in.

BUT.... If someone working on the alternator, or spark plugs, or around that fuse box next to the battery - accidentally got a metal wrench between something with 12 volts on it, and shorted it briefly to ground - that might have melted the fuse partly; enough to die - at some later time.
 
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