Question about 1997 Ford Econoline
Drove the van in am and sat til evening. Turned key but just "click". Cleaned battery cables and battery posts with baking soda. still just "click". Jumped from known good battery, but just "click". Checked battery cables at starter (negative where starter bolted to engine flange and positive on solenoid) but connections clean and good. Replaced solenoid switch (mounted on starter) but just the same "click". Replaced starter motor, but the same "click". Bench tested old starter motor and it worked fine. The "click" seemed coming from solenoid switch area. Then, 2 days later, I planned to wiggle the gearshift lever and try starting it in neutral. But before I did anything, I turned the key and got a "click", but as I backed off the key, it sounded like the starter motor kicked on. I turned the key again and the engine started perfecftly, I had not yet touched the gearshift lever. It has started strongly without incident 4 or 5 times since. The battery cables seem in good condition, though the end of the negative cable at the battery post is a bit corroded. I tend to think this is not from the gear selector cutout switch since the "click" suggests power went to the solenoid. I isn't my auto alarm system since the cutout is again for the ingnition switch and the solenoid went "click". It seems far fetched that the battery cables are so bad. They are in a plastic sheeth as they go down past the engine. Besides, I wiggled the cables early in the process. Am I mis-interpreting the "click" sound? Is there some other system that isn't working. The battery is fine. The alternator charges it fine. What is this likely about? Can you help?
If you notice this van should have a statrer solenoid on the fender as well as on the starter, clean the body of the solenoid on the fender area and make sure that the ground cable is secure and tight do not wiggle which is just making it loose if it is so go under the vehicle and make sure that the cable is tight
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