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1988 Ford E350 with 2 batteries won't start, just clicks

Van wouldn't start one cold morning, ran down battery trying, took main battery out and charged. Reinstalled battery and tried to start; it just makes a loud click; no juice is getting to starter. Cleaned all cable connections. Why does this van have 2 batteries? Does it have 2 solenoids as well? Or, starter relays?

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  • jamestracyar Feb 06, 2009

    No, it's a gas 460fi

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    trying to start engine and the starter makes a sound like the starter is going to work just for a second then starts clicking

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    I turn on my key so i could bleed the brakes and ran down my battery so i charge it and put it back in now my van wont click are nothing and the battery is charged what could it be

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It has to have 2 batteries because it is a diesel engine. Diesels use compression to fire the combustion mixture instead of a spark plug as a gasoline engine does. It has glow plugs that heat the mixture up before starting to help promote this and it has probably twice the compression ratio,therefore it takes alot of amps to start it and that is why you have 2 batteries. No it still only has one solenoid for the starter but it has to use a gear reduction starter instead of a conventional one.

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    Chuck Martin Feb 06, 2009

    I would recommend to go ahead and remove both batteries and take them to a parts store and have them tested.

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    Chuck Martin Feb 06, 2009

    In appropiate? You did not mention what type of engine you had just that you havd 2 batteries. If this is not a diesel then someone added the 2nd battery. A gasoline engine does not come from factory with 2 batteries.

  • Aaron Zufall Jan 24, 2011

    If it is a van that has two batteries and is not a diesel it prob. came euipped with an ambulance package where it is nessesary to utilize two batteries because of the equipment they run but if the the solenoid is clicking and nothings happening then check the circuit between the solenoid and the starter there has to be resistance in the wiring or the starter itself if its not turning over at all but the solenoid is still clicking

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If it just clicks at selanoid i would check connection at selanoid could have come loose. 2 batterys, only thing i can think of is that there is a lot of electrical componets in the van along with a big gas engine. I don't know of any relays, just get both batterys charged up and i think you will be all right

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