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Won't Start When I turn the key I get single click most of the time but not always. I have tried it in neutral and in park. When in reverse with the key on, the back up lights do come on. I tried it with two different batteries with no luck. Please advise if there is some way to test the starter and/or solenoid and where I can locate them on this van. Ron P.

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  • rperry38 Nov 10, 2008

    I tried to follow the battery lead but it disappeared into aband of cables and I could no longer see it. I crawled under the van and could nt locate the starter. It must be difficult to get to.

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Hello rperry38:

The click you hear is the starter solenoid engaging. Most of the time this condition means the starter is ready to be replaced. As a matter of fact this happened to me of my F150 pickup just a few weeks ago.

The red (+) lead of the battery should have a large wire running down to the starter. The starter is located at the rear portion of the engine down low. Just follow the battery lead and you will see it. The solenoid is located on the top of the starter. try tapping the starter, (medium hard) with a hammer and try to start the engine. With me this worked.

The best way to check the starter is to take the car (if you can get it going) to a place like Auto Zone

If you need a new starter, I suggest you get a rebuilt one. Just as good and cheaper. BTW a new starter will come with a new solenoid already mounted.

Hope this helps Loringh

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