Having problems with your 2002 Ford Escape ?
2002 ford escape 3.0l while key is in on position the starter engages and car will start but is sounds as if the starter is staying engaged replaced ignition switch and starter rebuilt but still does it .sounds as if the starter solenoid may be staying hot all the time what would cause that.
Try removing the starter and putting a small amount of grease on the bendix gear drive. That is the part you can see in the nose,with the gear. Not on the gear, grease the spiral shaft.
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