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I recently aquired a 1995 Escort LX that has an electrical draw causing the battery to go dead after being parked for several days. It's a slow draw because I have no problems with daily use.

I noticed that when I turn off the car, the stock, factory am/fm stereo does not shut off with the car. Also, the door ajar chime sounds without the key in the iginition (this doesn't seem normal.) And laslty, upon closer inspection, I noticed the key does not line up with the corresponding functions on the ignition (i.e. the steering locks although the the switch points to ACC.)

My diagnostic abilities are limited, but all these symptoms lead me to think the ignition switch is faulty. Am I on the right track? Is there a test I can perform to confirm this? Anyone else experience a similar issue? Thanks for your time and input, Chris.
 

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I agree your ignition switch could be faulty, or soon-to-become faulty. There is a small flat 'tonque' coming from the key-lock part of the ignition switch, and fitting into the electrical part of the switch to turn it. Its a common thing to snap off, and it might now be twisted a little. (maybe will snap off at some later and Much Less Convenient time - such as when you want to shut the car off at night, but the motor keeps running, & its raining hard).

The radio could have had its 'ignition' supply wire hooked to the 'memory' voltage supply wire by a prior owner. I have done this myself so I could listen to the radio without having the key in the ignition. As for the chime - it could be the white goody that screws to the ignition switch has come usncrewed, and the chime module thinks the key is 'in' all the time. Its a small white plastic thing on the bottom side of the ignition switch. You can see if it you take out the 4 screws and pull the lower column clamshell cover down. But if you -cut- either of the wires going to that little switch, it should stop the key-chime function. (The chime telling you the lights are left on will continue to work though.)
A couple of things that can discharge the battery - even with the ignition switch being off: The small lights in the sunvisors (I know not all Escorts hae these), the small map lights in the dome light, and the light that should only come on when the trunk lid or hatch is open - but may come on just because the switch for it is stuck. All of these are easy to overlook in daylight. Last thought; does your car have an underhood light, and does it really go out when the hood is closed?
Good Luck.
By the way, my method for checking out the ignition switch, after reading all of the posts about its problems, was to order a replacement from www.rockauto.com and install it. I have threee 2nd gen. Escorts now, and when something fails on one of them, I think about fixing it on the other two. I did this with the ignition switches. Also I have dismantled/cleaned/greased the driver's side seat-belt-track on one car, because it was blowing fuses. I will eventually be doing the same 'maintenance' job on the other Escorts too.
 
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