When i turn the key the engine doesnt turn over but just clicks, i checked the battery and the connections are fine. it has a new battery that is the appropriate size and amperage, and i checked it with my multimeter and it read 12.76 volts. really confused here as i know very little about engines in general other than basic operation
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Re: 1986 ford bronco 2 4wd wont turn over and clicks
Check the starter solenoid on the passenger side near the battery under the hood, the small terminal is the lead from the ignition switch, when the key is held in the start position there should be 12 volts at that terminal.. the wire to that terminal just pushes on.
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Fords require 10 + volts to activate the solenoid. A faulty solenoid, weak battery, or bad connections can cause the solenoid to click. Especially a battery with a dead cell that looks like it is charged. If the solenoid is clicking the neutral safety switch is ok. If you are only hearing relays click, take a test light and check the 16 gauge wire on the solenoid for voltage with the key in start position. Also jumper that post with the battery post on the solenoid to crank the engine.
Check your starter solenoid(turn the key to run position then use a jumper wire to connect both large terminals, if starts replace) if no difference, then have your ignition module tested, if its good, then check the ignition switch make sure its operating properly. Also make sure all grounds are in place and attached.
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Automatic or manual trans? could be neutral safety switch on AT or clutch safety switch on Std
bad battery connections are another possible, or even starter/solenoid connections corroded? do other electrics work normally? Do the headlights go out when you try to start the engine?if so its likely the batt
1. get the battery tested to rule out a collapsed cell.
2. If the battery is ok, check the wiring harness that runs from the passengers front corner, to the drivers front corner, for a break in the wires. A common spot to find one would be near the passengers side.
bad ground wire on battery,if everything dims in vehical while turning ignition and I mean from bright to almost nothing thats what is wrong,if not some have a small fusible link to solenoid that blows or gets disconnected or corroded.
your ground wire will look fine but maybe have broke or corroded connection inside or on ends,had same problem with more than one vehical.easy check use a jumper cable from negative on battery to alternator bracket and give it a whirl.
If you are only getting clicks then the problem could be one of a few things. check your grounds for corrosion, breaks, and tightness against the frame/ motor. If that checks out, then follow your positive leads and insure that they are all tight. last but not least check to insure your battery is strong enough. you could have a dead cell in your battery, and that would cause you to not get enough juice to turn the engine over.