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Ford puma 1.7 wont start!

Just changed the gearbox mount on this all finished loverly. put key in now wont start??? very confusing was running fine befor. it dont even turn over> checked starter motor thats fine all leads fine went back over what i did and still cant work it out. ANY ideas are welcome
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  • cwheelans Feb 15, 2009


  • cwheelans Feb 15, 2009


    i have put the starter accross the battery live and that works but it dont from the key. when the key is turned there is a relay clicking under the bonnet. how would i check the starter switch?

  • cwheelans Feb 15, 2009

    thankyou very much mate found the problem theres a 3 inch section of wire that gose to the solenoid it that what. it had shorted the wire some how so thanks for ya help :)



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Have you removed and cleaned battery cables/terminals? I've had, out of the blue, suddenly cables just too "dirty" to make connection...

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  • lampropeltis Feb 15, 2009

    Well, if it won't even turn over and it's getting juice, it sounds like it's between the starter switch and the starter. Could it be your starter switch (i.e. the ignition key assembly) or starter solenoid have gone bad? I've always heard that banging the solenoid (carefully, I suppose) with a hammer can jolt a stuck solenoid loose...

  • lampropeltis Feb 15, 2009

    Okay, that clicking relay sound should be the starter solenoid. This means your ignition switch is okay (I think). Next I would tap on the solenoid--it may not be engaging/releasing fully. If the starter works straight from the battery, again I think that suggests it is the solenoid rather than the starter motor. When you run the starter straight from the battery, does the engine actually crank over? (important because, if not, there could be a bad spot in your fly wheel, so that starter teeth don't engage).

    Oh, I just thought of something else. If replacing the gearbox mount slightly changed the position of the gearbox, then perhaps the teeth on the starter motor are not matching up perfectly with those on the flywheel. Possibly a bit of additional friction or pressure here may be keeping the solenoid from being able to thrust the starter gear all the way into position on the flywheel. Perhaps your solenoid is old and weak, and perhaps a new one would do it? I don't know how to test this other than by putting a new one in to try it.



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