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Well my sisters 95 escort lx wagon came on in the middle of the night last night (around 1ish and was running until about 5ish) with the starter engaged. Battery had died so it shut off. We opened the hood and some smoke came out. smells like electrical burning underneth the intake manifold. We think the starter is fried, relay, and maybe the solenoid? What do you guys think? How much will an average mechanic charge?
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ok so we charged the battery. Hooked it up (and heard kind of a ping from the front of the engine). Then we went to start it, heard the ping again, then nothing. :-/ this blows lol
 

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Your starter switch caused this. There's lots of posts on here about switches - most escorts outlive their switches: they fail in such a way that they either won't start the car or the starter cranks without you doing anything.

You'll have to replace your switch. Your solenoid is cooked. Barring a miracle, your starter will be pooched too. Your battery will likely be okay after you recharge it. Oh sorry, you did this.

That should be it. Your flywheel may be damaged too, but you won't know that till after you replace your switch, solenoid and starter.

You won't be too badly off financially, but you're going to be extra-pissed when you see the cost of the cheap little switch that did this too you. You can do all this work by yourself pretty easily. If you take it to a shop, I'd say they'll chrge you about 3-4 hours labour. I don't want to give dollar figures, 'cos I'm from Canada, eh.

You could do this all yourself in a day even if you don't do a lot of your own work. Consider getting a switch from a junker and buying a rebuilt starter/solenoid. You'll save half the replacement parts cost.

Just for fun, rip apart the defective switch after you've pulled it. You'll see how fragile the little plastic arms are and how readily two contacts can come in contact with each other.
 

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thanks for the reply. for the solenoid and starter its $200. what switch do you mean? the ignition switch? thanks again
 

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Yes, the ignition switch; they are problematic. It may even trick you into thinking it still works, but can it and replace it, just like your solenoid. I replaced my switch a few years back. I don't remember exactly, but I think you have to pull the steering wheel to replace it. I think there's a how-to on ERDT written by Fixitmattman. Someone on FEOA just had one go the other day too.
 
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