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96 ford F150 won't start make a single clunk noise when try to start, starter is good and changed relay any suggestions?

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Check the battery-to-starter cables for corrosion and clean the battery end of the cables. If there is a yellow or white powder on the battery around the battery connections, you may have a cracked seal around the battery post. The crack is usually microscopic, but will allow a small amount of acid to get into the connector.

The way to prevent seal cracking with clamp-type connections is to apply a counter-torque with one hand while using a wrench on the clamp with the other (picture how the wrench is trying to bend the battery post, then pull the clamp in the opposite direction to keep the post from being bent in that direction). I used to have lots of trouble until I hit upon doing this; since then I hardly ever have connector problems and my batteries last much longer.

Explanation for the clunk, followed by silence: The bad connection can pass enough current to pull in and hold the starter solenoid (clunk), but has too much resistance for running the loaded starter motor. If you put a voltmeter on the starter terminal, you will probably discover you have less than 8 Volts on the starter motor even though the battery is at or near 12 Volts. The rest of the power is being wasted as heat in the bad connection.

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Perform a starter circuit test if all ok. Disconnect negative battery cable, remove and bench test starter, while you are at it inspect flywheel, with an assistant rotating crankshaft pulley bolt. Do not attempt if not knowledgeable with testing,removal and safety procedures. Good Luck Have

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