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1999 ford explorer wont start. battery is new.wont start when jumped. it tries to turn over but barely. then only hear a click. when you turn the key the dash lights and radio lights flicker on an

Battery is new we tried to jump it and it wouldnt turn over . It would barely crank then nothing but a click. Put in neutral and same thing.

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  • Shawn Freeman Nov 16, 2014

    yes cleaned battery erminals, and yes it is fully charged. When I turn the key I hear it try to barely turn once then only click. The lights all work but, the stereo and door locks go on and off.

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    Mike Sullivan Nov 17, 2014

    For quick check, if you don't have a meter to determine if battery is not defective, as in, you have to have 12.5V reading which is in normal range while not running, if no meter, then put on headlights, if they are bright, then crank and see if they dim a little or a lot, this will demonstrate that starter is pulling too many amps, and probably bad. If no dimming of lights occur, then you may have connection problem at starter, check cables as they can be corroded or loose.

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I'd have to check the actual voltage reading at your starter, with key in the crank position. Any testing at the starter, make sure tranny is in park or neutral and the parking brake is set.

Some the national brand autostore will test the starter for free, if you take it off and take it to them. For a no load test, you can take starter off, lay it on the ground, hook up jumper cables properly from charged up battery to starter. The starter should kick out the drive gear, where applicable, and spin. If it won't even spin with no load, you know the starter has a problem. I'd still have to be sure the battery has a full charge and battery connections are good. The engine isn't trying to seize?

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Sounds like starter motor given your slow to no turnover, I assume your new battery has full charge, if not, check with meter, it may be a defective battery, or another issue with connections, did you clean cable connections when you put in new battery? I assume your engine was running properly before battery change and is not partially seized due to overheating or low oil.

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Sounds like a basic bad battery. Even though its not that old it can be bad....and probably under warranty. Immobilizer or starter will not cause that. Get the bat tested.
Only other thing is called a "parasitic draw". This is when something is drawing current from the battery when its supposed to be off. Usually this causes a totally dead battery, not a weak one like you have.

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