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What could cause a 96 ford pickup not to start it make a single clunk when trying to start, isn't starter or relay what else can I try?

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    I took starter in had it tested good, just changed the relay(solenoid) tht is bolted on body, haven't gotten to into wiring yet figured tht or maybe safety switch thanks though I'll let ya know outcome

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Check first for good battery connections and earth.If you are sure that it is not the starter,remove the spark plugs and crank.If it does turn over it had hydrauliced.If no turn over still try turning over from crank pulley,to ascertain if it has seized.Check oil level.Or give the starter a whack with a hammer while someone is turning the engine over.If it cranks the starter may have worn brushes,solenoid.I hope this helps you or get back with your findings.

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Could be a lack of juice such as a loose wire, a bad ground or bad battery. Are you sure the motor is free? Try grabbing the belts and moving the motor over a little bit-maybe the starter teeth are bound up. May have to remove and reinstall to get unstuck. Did you use the same shims that came out? Hope this helps.

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