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 Post subject: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:47 am 
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Hi all!
94 fairmont that just refuses to start! i dont get any dash lights or anything else except for the clock and what sounds like the power antenna trying to go up and down... only thing on the dash that works is the smartlock jewel but when i turn to acc's it disappears.... ive searched and searched but haved found anything remotely close in the forums.. can anyone plz help?!?!?

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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:06 am 
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try cleaning/tightening your battery terminals
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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:15 pm 
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thanks for the reply,
yep i have done this after looking on here a fair bit.
see the thing is i had the car running before this problem,
what happened is i started the car as usual bit it died almost straight away,
so i turned the key right back to off and retried to start it again. but this time i got nothing at all.
no radio no dash lights no clock, nothing except interior lights.
ive checked all the fuses and relays and replaced some with new parts. (as they were ticking like crazy)
buut still all i can manage now is to get partial dash lights when the key is turned to on. they come on really slowly (starting dim and brightening within a couple of seconds), and have this beeping and antenna noise. so i have no idea what ive done here lol.

oh and ive charged the battery (all night last night) so i dont think its that.
so basically all i get is interior lights and a beeping with the smartlock jewel flashing fast but not brightly and the dash coming to life slowing sometimes when the key is turned to the on posi.

cheers for any help
bibby
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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:04 pm 
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Check your body earth. Has happened to me before lol

 

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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:23 pm 
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Check the Main fuse in the fuse box under the bonnet.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:23 pm 
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if thats the earth from the battery to the body then the engine? ive looked at it and it tight as tight could be. they both were..
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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:14 pm 
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yea i checked and changed the main fuses/relays. apprently the battery isnt holding charge.. which was weird as when the car was last started it didnt wane or seem that the battery was low on juice..
so anyway i got another charger on it and i got more of the dash. so i think the battery maybe buggered. thanks heaps guys for the help but ill keep you updated and again thanks for the help guys!

cheers bibby
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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:22 pm 
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was about to say the battery might have dropped a cell or something
but you already found out :P
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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:38 am 
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yea lol the funny thing is that i started the car to move it in the driveway( which happened fine) the i started the car after fixing the electric windows, and restarted the car which also this time started no worrys... but as soon as i tried to restart the car after that (in the space of about 20 sec) i got absolutely nothing..
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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:49 am 
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Also Just a tip,

If you can get another earth strap preferably off an AU and hook that up from the engine to the chassis as the e series ones are S**T. Also make sure the one from the battery to behind the overflow bottle is smicky clean as it can cause big issues like this again with battery leakdown/drain over time.

Also be sure to keep the terminals spotless as you can discharge a battery completely by just having dirt build up around the posts, as the current will travel from the posts and get wasted.

Just a tip for future reference.

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 Post subject: Re: Ef fairmont, wont start and no dash lights!
Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:50 pm 
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cheers blokes for the advice! very handy stuff!
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