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Ford f150 starting problem

I have a 1985 f150 i just replaced the ignition solenoid, it ticks really fast when i try to start it and the power seems to shut off when i turn the key

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A low battery or loose cable connection could be your problem. If the starter is not getting enough amps to crank the solenoid will click in and out.

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