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1994 Bronco will not start and cluster battery light stays on

In the last year I have replaced the starter, battery, starter solenoid, distributor cap, rotor, plugs and wires (most recently the solenoid, cap, rotor, plugs and wires). Bronco will start at the begining of the day, but after it has been driven to work and turned off it usually will not start again. When I turn the key and try to start it, the engine cranks but will not turn over. It usually takes numerous attempts before it turns over.

I feel it may be one of three different items; starter is going out again (causing battery light to stay on), ignition switch going bad or fuel pump/relay. PLEASE HELP
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    Jeff Hammack May 11, 2010

    does your battery light stay on while engine is running all the time? this usually means that the alternator is not charging. If you battery voltage drops too low the engine will not crank or start. Start the engine and check battery voltage with a volt meter is it above 12.5v?



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