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1989 Ford F-150 short bed, 6 cyl.-Tried to start and it was completely dead. Battery is only couple years old. I checked to see if lights or inside lights were left on and they were not. Hooked up battery charger- correctly- and when turned on I heard a buzzing sound. It was coming from area of brake reservoir. It was not inside the truck. I stopped charging because I had never heard this before. ??????? Stan

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Check your ground wire from the battery to the starter...there was a hold down clip theat had rubbed thru the wire coating...left side of the engine. My truck would die...hit the wire and the hood light would come on but wouldn't start even though I knew the battery was charged. Replaced the negative battery cable and all is well, atleast with that issue.LOL

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