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Starter tests good. ignition switch on steering column replaced. still have starter problems. clicks when key turned, but motor spins only intermittently.

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Will we know switch and battery are good, need to check for voltage at the big wire on the starter assembly, should always have voltage, that voltage comes from the battery right to the starter, while some one trys to start it, with test light check at big wire, if you have voltage at big wire, try hitting the starter, could be stuck, if you have voltage but goes away while trying to start, check connection's at starter and battery, also check body ground

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If you do not have any power at all, and the dash is not turning on, then check the battery connections, and the connection from battery ground to the engine body.
Also ensure you have tested the battery. Read the voltage across the positive battery terminal and a ground connection on the engine body. It must be around 12.5V
If there is no problem in there , then the problem is the ignition cylinder. The ignition cylinder can be tested reading voltages at its contacts. This in case there is no power at all.

If instead the dash is turning on, but the starter motor does not turn over, then there may be more reasons for the fault.

To start, look for the starter fuse. This is a large fuse, probably a 30 Amps. Look also for a5 or 10 Amp fuse to the ECU/PCM (main car computer module. If any of this fuses has blown, it can cut power to the starter motor.

After testing the fuses, check the starter relay. This is usually located in the fusepanel under the hood, or under the dash. The relay must click when the key is turned. The relay can be tested in fullusing a Volt meter or an Ohm meter.
The starter relay can also be tested swapping it with a relay of the same kind.

Fuses and starter relay are the most common failure when the car dash comes on, but the car does not start.
If this test good, ensure that the anti theft system is not armed (starter should still turn over by the way).

If fuses and relay are good, read volts at starter motor, while machineis cranking. You will need to use Voltmeter on the contacts at theback of the starter motor solenoid. If there are 12 Volts at startermotor, but motor does not turn over, then starter motor or startersolenoid is faulty.

The starter solenoid can be tested using an Ohmmeter at its contact. Ifthe solenoid is bad, reading with multimeter set on impedance, it willhave no continuity (it will read infinite Ohms).

If there is no volt, or volt is much below 12 Volts, then the problemis either the ignition switch located in the steering column, or aproblem concerning wiring from ignition.

The ignition switch can be tested jumping its contact, reading Volts orOhms on its terminals. To access the switch it is necessary to takeapart the steering column.



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  1. Remove the dashboard panel below the steering column in your car; it should be screwed in place. Remove the steering column's upper cover by releasing its clips with a flat-head screwdriver.
  2. Look for the audio control switch---a small device sticking out of the steering column that acts like a remote control. If one exists, release the switch's plastic locking tang with the screwdriver, and unplug the electrical connector to remove the switch.
  3. Loosen the steering column by releasing the locking lever, and remove the steering column's lower cover by pulling out the screws with the screwdriver.
  4. Use your ignition key to turn the switch to the left---the position that would activate the accessories but not start the car. Insert the screwdriver into the hole in the top of the cylinder to depress the detent spring, and pull out the cylinder with the key inside.
  5. Insert the new key into the new ignition switch, and line up the switch inside the steering column so it's in the same place the old switch was in when you removed it. Make sure the detent locks into place; then turn the switch so it's in the "Off" position.
  6. Replace all the covers and panels you removed to access the cylinder, along with the audio control switch, if applicable, in reverse order of

Things You'll Need:
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Tips & Warnings
  • Older Ford Focus models may have a different method of removing and changing the ignition switch. Check an automotive guide for your particular year and model.
  • Always disconnect the negative (black) battery cable before working on the ignition or any other electrical component of your car.

I hope helped with this (remember rated this help) Good luck.

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