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I have a 1982 ford that will not start, I put on a new starter and then a new solenoid and it still just clicks? Any help I would appreciate.

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    ZappaNut Jul 15, 2010

    bcrouch824, Is the battery (s) in good condition? which engine? is it a manual or auto trans.?

  • bcrouch824 Jul 15, 2010

    Battery is fully charged engine is 6 cylinder 4 speed manual 300 cu. in.

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Ford starters are problematic... The contact where you attach the POS. cable has a contact on the front and back sides of the tab , so you must have good contact ( OEM bolt and nut) in order for the starter to function.

I would place a jumper across the solenoid and listen for where the click is coming from.
I would further diagnose it by seeing if it will turn over by placing it in gear and bumping it (on the off chance your alt. or other accessory attached to the crank pulley has frozen up).

If the click is the solenoid on the fender/firewall , I would double check the connection at the starter to make sure both sides of the connection tab are in fact making good contact.

If the click is coming from the starters solenoid (mounted to the top of the starter) Then I would for sure try the bump start option to ensure that there are no frozen up accessories denieing the engine from turning over.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

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With the key in the off position try to rotate the engine by hand by either the front lower crankshaft pulley or by removing the starter and putting a straight bladed rather large screw driver or pry bar into the starter nose hole and try to move the flywheel, this will determine if you have a seized engine, if it is seized you are in trouble and need to have it more then likely rebuilt or replaced, if it moves then you need to focus your sights on two other area's first is the security system causing the car not to crank over if so have that tested and repaired(check for any codes with a hand scanner OBD11 can be purchased for $99.00 at Auto Zone), if the security system is sweet turn your sights on the neutral safety switch, if it is an automatic this switch will be in line with the shifter linkage, if its a stick shift its above the clutch pedal.
Hope this helps.
Happy Motoring!!

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

  • JOHN DAVIDSON Jul 15, 2010

    Being this is a stick shift you should be able to first put the vehicle in neutral, then take the plug connector off the clutch pedal safety start switch and jump the connector across with a wire jumper and see if it then starts if so then you need to replace the neutral safety switch, be sure to get one for a standard shift vehicle, if it doesn't start follow what i wrote to you the fisrt time.

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