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JUST REPLACED STARTER .lESS THEN 100MILES,BACK TO CLICK,CLICK NOT STARTING AGAIN

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Hello,
Try this. With mounting bolts loosened, Rotate the starter to its extreme, then tighten bolts.Fords use remote relays in the starting/cranking circuit.Locate it by following the positive batt cable. The cable will be connected to the relay. The relay should have 1 or2 small wires and a battery cable on each side. Make sure all connections are clean and tight,even the bolts holding the relay to the body should be remove and cleaned. Inspect and clean the battery grnd cable at the batt and engine, same with to batt and relay. It's apparent you are not get full voltage either by poor connections or weak batt. The battery should be free of moisture (acid) on its top and the fluid level properly filled.Note and remember acid on the batt surface will drain the battery over time and cause voltage loss between the posts. Use baking soda to neutralize the acid and rinse thoroughly avoiding getting baking soda in the batt. Good Luck Oh! I would start at the cleaning and resetting the starter last. Good luck _N

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

  • martinmay154 Apr 04, 2011

    if your car has a dual mass flywheel this could be the problem.

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    Ned C Cook Apr 05, 2011

    Follow up :-).... Have you found the problem? This specific problem is a very common headache. It appears the bendix is reaching its limit before the the starter crank contact goes into cranking. This is an adjustment that should be made on rebuild. Infortunately it isn't . If it is tested, it passed by a hair.
    Unless you are familiar with this spcific adjustment or setting, It would be best to jump on the warranty.If mechanics is not your forte or interests then all the more reason to swap it out rebuilt starters can have a whole string of starters with this defect. The reason would be the adjustment requirements are assumed to be correct withe other parts usedi n the rebuilding. process.
    Good Luck and thank you for looking to Fixya for help. Heck of a way to START the day.

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First thing to do is get the battery checked to be sure it is good. It should read more the 9.6 volts but the closer to 13, the better it is. Below 9.6 is no good and it should be charged or replaced.
If the battery is good check your power cables at the starter. Make sure there is no corrosion (green gunk) and that they are tight. A lot of times the cables are the culprit, the ends get corroded and rot sets in and they can't deliver the power. Check the battery ends to make sure they are clean and tight as well. All your electrical contact points should be bare shiny metal to metal.
It is possible that the starter is bad, this does occasionally happen. If that's the case then you should be able to get warranty with less than 100 miles.
Hope this helps.

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Try tapping starter housing with hammer while someone tries to start it sometimes starters stick.

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