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Battery saver relay is on and do not start

My 1989 Ford Expedition will not start I hear a clicking sound I begun to remove then insert each fuse when removed the number 14 which is the battery saver relay it stopped when I put it back in it started clicking again. What do I do?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    this is a job for the Ford dealer, there is a TSB on this problem I believe.

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One it could be the battery but if your radio and stuff works then it is not the case, the clicking is your starter trying to turn over, so that could be it as well.

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