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Have someone hold the key in the start position as you use a 12 volt test light at the trigger wire connector(small one) on the starter to see if there is power when the key is in the start position. If there is power, you need a starter, provided that there is sufficient power from the battery to turn the starter. If there is no power, you have a problem elsewhere. It could be wiring, ignition switch, power supply to the ignition switch, or transmission range(TR) sensor. A TR sensor takes the place of a neutral safety switch on the automatic transmission. If it is a manual, we have a clutch pedal position switch.

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Q: How do you troubleshoot the stater system in a 1999 ford escort Is more likely to be the starter or the neutral safety switch?
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