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Starter cylinoid clicking

Lights go out when trying to start.

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Are you shure the battery is good?

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SOURCE: the starter cylinoid just clicks

I remember having a simlar problem a while ago, my friend suggested i charged the battery, left it charging for a few days and it solved my problem. Be sure to put a little bit of water in to the battery before putting it on charge. I Would sggest on tryinganother battery as well!

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SOURCE: battery cable and starter cylinoid gets hot

You have a bad starter solenoid. Check with your local auto parts store as well. Some of them test these for free. Good luck to you and thanks for using Fixya!


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SOURCE: i have a 87 ranger 2.8 wont start

earth cable from engine to chassis ,renew it ,or check the ends for corrosion

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SOURCE: car clicks over but don't start.. is the cylinoid

Your solenoid on this model is mounted on the starter according to the part I looked up. There are several engines though & I looked up the most popular one.

Actually, this could be just a bad connection at the battery or the solenoid / starter. I would suggest that if you know the battery has good voltage, you clean the terminals & reinstall lthem. If you have full voltage at the battery & a good connection then the solenoid the starter should work. Sometimes the connections need to be cleaned. You can "jump" the solenoid to see if it is bad or not by connecting a heavy gauge jumper cable (or a suitable bridging device) to the large copper bolt on the battery side of the solenoid, and just touching the same cable (opposite end) to the starter side of the solenoid for a second. There should be a spark or two but if it is the solenoid, then jumping it will make the starter work. If you still get a click, you'll need to test the starter. good luck

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SOURCE: it wont start, just makes a clicking noise. put

Clicking noise usually means a bad connection at the battery terminal. It can also be a bad connection at the starter or solenoid.
Re-clean and tighten battery cables,and if that doesn't do it,re-tighten starter connections.Don't overtighten as copper-bronze studs can break easily.If your Ranger is standard shift (4 or 5-speed), don't get under the car or in front of it without the battery cables disconnectede or the shifter in neutral,as any current you inadvertently send thru the starter can engage it and run you over or knock the vehicle off jackstands or blocks. don-ohio

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