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Ford Explorer, 1998, V6 4L SOHC. Will not start. Acts like battery is dead. Jump starts successfully. Battery takes and holds charge (13.3V) only when disconnected. When battery leads are reconnected (ignition, lights, radio? turned off) voltage quickly drops at a rate of about 0.1 volts per second until battery is dead. Sometimes, not always, when the ignition is turned on the interior and dash lights cycle off and on. The cycle rate is about 2 seconds on, 1 second off, 2 sec on?. While engine is running after jump start everything is normal. All gauges, including alternator output, are in normal range. Thoughts, comments, suggestions?

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Most partstores will test battery altenator and starter for free. Either your battery is dead or your connections are not metal to metal contact, or you starter relay may be shot. You can put key in on position and either test with a voltmeter or use a screwdriver and jump terminals on solenoid to see if starter turns.

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