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1993 Ford Thunderbird- New battery & alternator & car won't start

I recently had a new alternator put in my 93 Ford T-Bird and then a new battery. My car has been sitting for about a week and won't take a charge & there isn't even a clicking sound when I try to start it. 97 Thunderbird. Been sitting for a month. Battery was low and the solenoid just chattered. I charged the battery and it is fine. Now when I turn the key to the start position, nothing happens. All lights on the dash stay the same, the headlights do not dim so it's not the battery. It is as if the neutral switch was saying it wasn't in park or neutral. Is the solenoid on the starter or separate as it was in (much) earlier Fords?

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  • jim2044 Jan 13, 2009

    Thanks guys, I kept at it and it finally decided to catch. I'll get it to dry ground and slide under and see if there's anything visible. Is there a relay between the starter switch and the solenoid? If so where is it physically located?


  • jim2044 Jan 13, 2009

    With the way wires are buried in looms today, I'll be lucky to find more than one end. I'll probably run a wire up from the solenoid to the dash and mount a voltmeter there temporarily to see if the voltage is getting that far. If so, then I can change out the solenoid, if not, I can curse. :)




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Did you clean the cables when you changed the battery?

I'd trace the wires connecting your alternator and battery and make sure they are "healthy" and securely fastened. Then, I'd check the wires connecting your battery and starter. Again, make sure the wires are securely fastened and appear clean.

The starter and solenoid are one unit for this vehicle.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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    Chris Hall Jan 13, 2009

    I don't recall there being anything inbetween. But, you'll obviously notice it as you trace the wire from the battery to the starter (pay close attention to the wire any place that it is near the exhaust).

    Good luck, hope you get it up and running soon.


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If the car is an auto please check the switch on your auto box also starter soleniod part of starter motor try and check power to soleniod when turning key and check your soleniod connections

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