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1986 ford bronco 2 4wd wont turn over and clicks

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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  • flare_951 Dec 04, 2008

    ok just checked it and yes there was 12 volts but just to be sure, you did want me to measure the voltage from the bolt correct? the terminal that the wires are hooked to?

  • flare_951 Dec 04, 2008

    ok i just checked again small terminal with 18g red wire and the reb large terminal read 10v, same wire to black terminal reads .1v battery reads 10.56 now for some reason... tried starting and and it clicked 3 times then stopped and wont do it now the wires didnt get hot or even warm but it is only 20 degrees outside



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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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    yadayada Dec 04, 2008

    at the little terminal with the red 18 guage push on connector, also the relay should click when you try to start, at that point both heavy the in and out heavy battery cables should be hot, the one from the battery and the one going to the starter.

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    yadayada Dec 04, 2008

    Your battery should have at least 12.3 volts, you may have a shorted cell in the battery.



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