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1995 ford f150 makes single loud click when trying to start

Sometimes it starts fine and other times will leave me stranded with just a loud click. The battery and cables appear to be okay. after a long time of charging battery it sometimes starts sometimes not. I've cleaned all cables. How should I troubleshoot this. It is in my driveway and I can't get it to start again. Thanks

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  • dameye May 19, 2009

    Thanks I will check that...are you referring to the solenoid on the fender by the battery?

  • dameye May 20, 2009

    okay, got a light and it does go out when the key is turned. So it is probably the starter. I can't get the bolt on the starter to break loose. They are normal (lefty loosey) threads aren't they? Thanks for all your help.

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Does it make the loud click just once, or will it continue to click when you turn the key?
If it is just once, then there is still a bad connection someplace for the main power. If it continues to click every time you turn the key to "start", then it is probably the starter solenoid itself that is bad. There are two big terminals (bolts) on the solenoid, and if you connect a 12V test light or meter across them, you should see power there. If the light doesn't go out (or very dim) when you turn the ign. to 'start', then the solenoid is bad. If the light goes out and the starter doesn't turn, then there is something wrong with the starter. I suspect the solenoid also because it works better with a strong charge on the battery.

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  • Dan C May 19, 2009

    Yes.

  • Dan C May 20, 2009

    Be sure to check where the battery cables connect to the battery clamp before you work too hard on the starter. Sorry I didn't make the reminder sooner. The light could still go out if power is lost, too.
    Starter still probably the problem, but I would hate for you to put a new one on and have it not work. One simple test is to put the test light on the solenoid terminal (from the battery) with the other lead of the test light grounded. If the starter is the problem, it should stay lit when you try to start. IF it goes out now, then you are losing power before it gets to the solenoid.



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I had exact problem and it turned out to be the ignition switch. Replaced starter prior to switch and had same symptoms.

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