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My car wont start

My ford fairmont ea wont start, the battery is fine the alternator is fine and the starter motor is fine. Um will start up with a good charged battery but only starts during the day when it feels like it. Over night has lost its charge but not all of it as the roof light is on but dim and not enough to start the car. Please help, also the terminal lead broke but still works as it was wired straight to the battery. Please help Im in dire straits hehehe.

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  • katwhanau May 25, 2009

    Yes i have done that and the battery was fine. i was going to buy a brand new battery but when the guy put it in the car it wouldnt start and hardcase when he put it in my battery it started straight away???? He also said it wasnt the alternator cause it showed on his tester that it was charging. Thanks for that Cheers

  • katwhanau May 26, 2009

    Its now started doing a ticking noise when trying to start the car? could this be the alternator?? Also could it be a short in the battery cables terminals? Thanks for your help but we have also fixed the dome light by fixing our door.

  • katwhanau May 27, 2009

    yes the starter did turn, what is a solenoid?? is this part of the cables connected to the battery? it sounz expensive is it? im so greatful 4 ur help, Cheers :)

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My ford fairmont 1989 will not start. When I was driving the gears accident ly got pushed into reverse/park an it hasn't started since need help ASAP pplease

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Take the battery in for a free load test at any Auto Zone

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    frank thomas wilson May 25, 2009

    If the dome light was on all night, puill the fuse for that accessory or remove the dome light bulb to prevent the short in the swich. You may need a new dome light switch that is located in the pillar of the hinged area door jamb. It is a plumger type switch that screws in the metal pillar between the door hinges

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    frank thomas wilson May 26, 2009

    When starting did the starter turn while it was ticking? The solenoid will click if bad or if it has a bad connection

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    frank thomas wilson May 27, 2009

    Ford products have a remote solenoid unlike GM & Chrysler vehicles. The battery cable will lead you to the location of yours which should be mounted somewhere on the inner fender skirt. The battery cables connections may have corrosion and need to be cleaned. Also a smaller wire is attached to the solenoid and may need cleaning as well. Alway disconnect to battery ground before putting a wrench on a positive wire. The solenoid may be shorting out. You can jump a solenoid if you know what your doing although its not recommended to a novice. A fire can start easily. Solenoids are fairly cheap compared to a starter. $25 would be a fair amount to pay for one

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