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Old 03-30-2010, 04:53 PM   #1
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Hey all,

I went out to run some errands today and when I tried to start my truck it sounds like it only clicks once (I'm assuming that is the starter). Truck doesn't try to turn over at all. Battery and battery terminals are clean and the voltage is fine. All the fuses appear to be functional. I have not had any problems leading up to this.

Is it my starter? I'm new to Rangers, but on all my previous vehicles the starter typically clicks repeatedly not just once. Is there a starter relay that I can check? Any help would be greatly appreciated because my only vehicle is currently dead in the parking lot!

Truck is 1994 2.3L auto with approx 115k.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:05 PM   #2
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did you physically look at the starter? i know on my '91 there is a ground wire that goes on a square tab on the soloniod, if thats not connected, all you will hear is one click. hope this helps
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that single click is your starter relay clicking. put the truck is neutral, follow your positive battery cable to the relay and use a screwdriver to short both poles together and see if it cranks over. if it doesn't then check the cable that runs to the starter or replace the starter
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all wires to the starter and the relay appear to be attached securely. Bridging the poles on the relay produced no results, and the cable that runs to the starter appears fine (from what I can see). I guess I will have to remove the starter to have it tested.
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all wires to the starter and the relay appear to be attached securely. Bridging the poles on the relay produced no results, and the cable that runs to the starter appears fine (from what I can see). I guess I will have to remove the starter to have it tested.
check the small wire on the starter. mine was loose/corroded. once i re-attached it the starter worked again..
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How about checking for corrosion on the batt. post. Or it may be time for a new batt.
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smack the starter with a hammer and try again, if it starts go get a new starter =]
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I know you mentioned clean battery posts. I can tell you from my experience with my truck (original owner since 1995) when this has happend to me it has been loose and or dirty battery posts. Or it could be the battery has gone flat. Battery posts may look clean but are loose or just have corrosion inbetween that can't be seen. Good luck.
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I will crawl under and check the starter wires again tomorrow a bit closer.. I tried the smacking method - negative results. Battery is only 1-2 years old and shows a strong charge. I removed the battery cables from the posts and wire brushed both the posts and inner area of the cables and firmly reattached. Friday the girlfriend returns and then I will have an opportunity to use her car to take the starter to be tested if that is where this leads me...
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99% sure it is the smaller wire...Mine did the same thing the Saturday after finishing the lift. I knew from my stangs experience to look at the smaller wire....Low and behold the wire looked like it was seated at a glance, but upon trying to seat it further it "clicked"...Haven't had a problem since...
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