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Engine dosent crank

So the other day my starter solenoid burned up. actually i caught fire. i replace it and the positive battery cable. today i replaced the carb and after charging the battery it wont crank. all other electrical works, just does not crank. any ideas before i tear iinto the whole ignition system??? thx.

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Did you reconnect the neutral safety switch wire (that is if you have an automatic trans)? And, if you have an auto trans did you get the right solenoid with the extra stud for that wire? And is the wire connected to the third stud?

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My 1984 Mercedes 300td will not crank over the battery is fine and the fuses are fine please help

There's nothing at all when you turn the ignition key? maybe just a clicking noise?

Start with the basics - the things that you can check and fix yourself.
  1. Are the battery cables tight?
  2. Check the earth cable where it connects to the engine/bodywork. Make sure it is clean and is actually earthing properly
  3. Check that none of the wires in either positive or earth cable are broken/corroded. This can cause non-starting.

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If your car has automatic transmission it will only start in park or neutral. This is controlled by a separate solenoid - usually located on the side of the transmission case. If dirty or faulty, it will cause non-starting problems.

The starter motor could be sticking or faulty. First check the cable to the starter motor. To check if it is just sticking, put the car in gear and 'rock' it - that may free a sticking starter motor.

You say that your battery is fine. Are you absolutely positive? A failing/faulty battery can still be charged .. it will put the lights on - but it won't supply enough amps to crank the engine.

A quick check here is to either borrow a battery from your neighbour's car or use a car and booster cables to boost-start yours. If your car cranks over and fires up your battery is faulty.

If your car doesn't crank it points to starter motor trouble or solenoid trouble.

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I'm having a hard time getting my 1996 Ford Explorer to crank,the only thing it's doing is making a crunk sound.and it's coming from by the solenid it's a black box on the same side.I charge the batt.

The Positive Battery Cable is known to go bad with corrosion within the copper cable at BOTH ends.... a quick fix... replace the cable... If you are careful you can use a battery jumper cable to bridge the cable between the positive battery post and the other end of the battery cable. This should be a 2 person job as a starting engine could cause the cable to move and SHORT out something and even catch the jumper cable on FIRE.... As young Will Robinson would hear at a time like this from the "Robot"... Danger young Will Robonson.... danger.... ( 1960's lost on space.... I am dating myself...)

Next would be a bad Starter or a bad connection between the starter seloniod and the Starter...

Watched a video on youtube the other day with a bad battery cable and the 12 volts went to 2 volts when trying to start with the bad cable.. It stayed at 2 volts until the battery was disconnected then reconnected.

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Give this a shot make sure that the ground wire that connects to the engine and the fire wall did not burn into. If it did it will not charge may sound dumb but the engine must be grounded for the alternater to charge.

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Voltage drop test

First, check battery post to cable connection: positive meter lead on battery positive post, negaitve lead on battery's positive cable clamp. Crank the engine and note the reading. A good connection should have zero voltage drop. Second, check the positive cable: positve meter lead on positive battery clamp, negative lead on starter terminal connector. A good cable will show a voltage drop of .2 volts or less while cranking. Third, check the starter connection: positive meter lead on positive battery terminal on the solenoid, negative meter lead on actual starter stud. A good connection will have a voltage drop of near zero volts. Now to check the negative side of the circuit. Total drop on the ground side should be .3 volts or less and can be checked by placing positive meter lead on starter housing and negative meter lead on battery ground post. Take your reading while cranking the engine, and be sure your connection at the starter is solid and clean. If total voltage drop on this side of the circuit is excessive, complete testing at all connections in the same fashion as the positive side of the circuit. Check the following: between battery post and clamp (zero voltage drop), cable end at battery to cable end at engine. (.2 volts or less), cable end at engine to engine itself (near zero voltage drop), and finally between starter housing and engine block (.1 volts or less).

To read the entire procedure for all automotive systems read this artile:

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