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Please provide with more detail. Does it make a click sound when turning the ignition? Does it crank?
Have you tried to jump the battery with jumping cable or tried it on a know good batteries?
- If the car does make a cranking noised then the starter is good but weak battery.
- If there is no noise or clicking, then dead battery.
- If you can hear the clicking when turning the key to start, then check for battery GROUND.
- If battery were tested and it read 12.5 - 14.0 DCV. Then your starter are bad.
There also other thing to check like security alarm system with ignition switch kill... But most common problems with fail to start are mention above.
I know your problem well. I have experienced it many times over the
years with cars, trucks. jeeps and boats. In every case, replacing the
starting motor fixed the problem. I am assuming here that the battery
and cable connectors are good. A dead battery will give the same
clicking sound. A poor or corroded battery cable connection can produce
the same clicking noise.If you are trying to save money, remove and clean the battery connector
on the starting motor first. Starting motors are usually located in the
path of lots of road salt and other contaminants. You will probably end
up replacing the starting motor but this is worth a try if cost is
important. Make sure the starting motor rebuilder is reputable. Over the years, I have had dozens of starting motors rebuilt. Never once
have I needed to have a relay or slave solenoid replaced. I always run a
healthy battery and that has helped too.
pounding the top with the hammer
help give it the extra jolt to get going, when the power from the
battery should be plenty. ( I don't mean the hammer is actually pumping
electricity, it moves and frees the dying fly wheel a little.). Try
cleaning the battery terminals once more and make sure the connections
are right and clean them as well, if that is the case, very very good
chance it is your starter.
Clicking noise usually means a bad connection at the battery terminal. It can also be a bad connection at the starter or solenoid. Re-clean and tighten battery cables,and if that doesn't do it,re-tighten starter connections.Don't overtighten as copper-bronze studs can break easily.If your Ranger is standard shift (4 or 5-speed), don't get under the car or in front of it without the battery cables disconnectede or the shifter in neutral,as any current you inadvertently send thru the starter can engage it and run you over or knock the vehicle off jackstands or blocks. don-ohio
YOU NEED TO CHECK THE BATTERY IF IT HAS CAPS TAKE THEM OFF AND CHECK WATER LEVEL BUT ALL BATTERYS DON;T HAVE CAPS YOU CAN USE A VOLT METER TO CKECK OUT PUT CHCEK + TO -SHOULD BE AT LEAST 12 VOLTS THEN HAVE SOMEONE ELSE TURN KEY TRYING TO START IF THE VOLTAGE DROPS BATTERY IS NG BE CAREFUL BATTERYS CAN EXPLODE
Your battery is in need of charge, or there is a bad connection (corrosion) at the terminals. Try to jump start, check connections. If you still can't start it, bring the battery to a store for a free check of it's condition. Let me know if this does not solve the problem.