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My 2003 Ford Ranger won't start, just clicks

Hi, I have a 2003 Ford Ranger. I drove it 14 miles last weekend, shut it off, restarted it an hour later, drove home (14 miles) shut it off and tried to restart it an hour later. All it would do was click. Lights were dim in the cab. I have since then had the battery checked, the starter checked, and replaced the battery terminals. It still only clicks, changing the terminals made the light somewhat brighter. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank You!

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  • 110smellsgoo Aug 05, 2008

    i disconnected my battery for 10 minutes while i cleaned the filters on the dpfe sensors, reconnected them and reconnected the battery cables, went to start the truck and all it did was click like the last guys truck. same thing, dim lights, clicking. also when i did get it to start it acted like the speedo cable was broken and i got an ABS light, along with a wacked out speedometer reading, plus i lost 5th gear on the highway, and my lights are flickering now. wow. turned it off now it won't start again. did i blow something in the ecu???

  • p8ntballer Sep 03, 2008

    I have a 2002 ranger that sounds like it is doing the same thing except that I was working on my truck.  I changed the spark plugs and the wires and now the truck just clicks.  It sounds like the starter is trying to engage but the truck just clicks and the lights get dim when it tries to start. I have no idea what is making it do that.


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Could be corrosion on the cables, I would clean both cables and try again. if no corrosion I would then look at the battery for correct voltage and fluid. batttery could be bad.

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SOURCE: went to start all lights were fine wouldnt start.

This sounds like a bad battery, take the car to your local auto parts store. Have them check the battery. If there is some other problem they can trouble shoot the charging / starting system also.

Posted on Dec 14, 2010

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If you are able to wiggle the terminals it is because they are not tight. NEW does NOT mean GOOD. And NEW surely does not mean PROPERLY INSTALLED.

NOTHING works correcly on any automobile without the battery. The connections to the battery is one of the most important points in a car and one of the most abused, neglected, and and most often, improperly done.

Clean and new is a good start. Now make sure that they are all the way down on the battery post. You will have to use a pair of batery cable pliers to make this happen. You must spread the terminal open so it will go all the way down. There are a bunch of people reading this and saying "WHAT kind of pliers???" These are the people whose cars get towed into my shop every day.

Once the cable is all the way down on the post, then it will tighten properly. I have seen many "NEW" cable ends that are just sitting on top of the post and crushed all the way together by the bolt, and are still loose on the battery post and this is the reason why.

Then if you have the kind of battery reminal that "bolts" on to the battery cable, this connection also has to be clean and tight. They usually have a metal strap that goes accross and traps the cable wire under it. I have been more successful in getting a tight connection that doesn't move by removing this strap and turning it over. It has little flares in the sides thaqt will now press down on the able to hold it in place.

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