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My 1989 f250 7.3l diesel was cranking slow, but now won't start.when i make contact between ignition and starter solinoid i get a spark but no normal "click".i suspect the starter is bad, could ther be some other electrical problem?

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Don't forget it could be a weak battery. Also could be bad contacts on the solenoid, a cruddy battery cable/connection, or a loose wire somewhere.

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