Question about 1997 Ford Econoline

1 Answer

I Starting problem...

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?

Posted by on

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    The ignition has been acting up for a bit now. Today it started just fine & when tried to start it again, it wouldn't even click. We've changed the ignition & are still having no luck getting it to turn over.We checked the battery and it is good.



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 14 Answers

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

Posted on Nov 11, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

What's your question? hi if the wire leading to the positive terminal of the battery gets corroded by battery acid can it effect the car in starting. ....

Most certainly. If battery acid is present on top of the battery, the seal between the post and the top of the battery is leaking. Replace your battery and use baking soda and water to clean the battery cable.

Jun 19, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Starting problem

Check all thick gauge cables from the battery to ground, solenoid and starter for tightness. If you find corrosion (it's caused by leaking battery acid) on battery terminals, remove cables and clean battery posts and clamps thoroughly with a wire brush and then scrub with a mixture of 25% baking soda / 75% water on an old toothbrush dipped in the mixture. Continue adding & scrubbing with mixture until fizzing stops. When fizzing stops, the acid has been removed. Next, wash down the whole top of the battery with the mixture and hose off when fizzing stops. Keep any caps secured to the battery! Do not let baking soda mixture enter the battery. You may need to charge or jump the car to get it started again - but the battery should accept a charge for the alternator at this point and keep from draining (assuming the battery is still good).

Aug 10, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

My car wont start even after a jump. the doors wont work and it doesn't click when i turn the key

Have you cleaned both battery terminals with a solution of baking soda and water followed by a battery terminal brush to get a good connection on the battery? Also check for a burned fuse link on the red wire on the alternator and another one on the positive battery cable with a test light to see if that's the problem.

Oct 05, 2014 | 2005 Chevrolet Chevrolet Malibu LS

3 Answers


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.

Mar 18, 2011 | 2003 Ford Focus

1 Answer

1997 kia sportage not starting but will start as soon as jumper cables are put on. I have a lot of corroison around battery post and clamp. They were cleaned a couple months ago and now is covered again

make sure all grounds are good to body and block.use baking soda to remove corrosion.clean battery terminals inside and out can get spray for battery terminals to help.

Feb 14, 2011 | 1997 Kia Sportage

1 Answer

Was starting sluggishly then went to walgreens and turned off car and it wouldn't start. Got a new battery. Same thing. I hear a click under the hood when I try to turn the key buy nothing. Lights radio...

This means that the battery is probably good. Next you need to check if the cables are bad or the starter is bad.

Corrosion on the cables can prevent the starter from receiving enough power to start. With a voltmeter, first make sure that the battery is providing ~13.5 V (full charge). Then measure the load between the starter and the battery when someone else tries to start the car. A bad cable will be obvious when you test on both the positive and negative sides.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(we had a vehicle that wouldn't start earlier in the month. After removing the starter and finding that it was good, the corrosion was noticed. Cleaning all of the terminals got the vehicle to work (once the starter was correctly reinstalled). Cleaning was done with a wire brush and a baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) water mix (to neutralize any acid that was on the battery). Only the baking soda that dissolved in the water gets used.)

Dec 27, 2010 | 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue

1 Answer

I have a 2001 saturn L100 sedan Battery is new and fully scharged. when key is turned on all lights and electronics flicker and the starter clicks. first appears to be battery because of the flickering...

Hello, It sounds like you have loose battery cables or very corroded cables. If that don't help then you have a loose electrical connection. It could be on the starter, If the cable ends and bolts are corroded the clean with baking soda mixed with water (don't) get any in the battery, You can clean the battery where the cables connect) Hope this helps.

Sep 06, 2010 | Saturn L-Series Cars & Trucks

2 Answers


If none of light from dash board comes on then there is no power at all. Clean up the inside battery cable connector where it contacts directly to the battery terminals.
If it has been cleaned, still no power on dash board lights, then need to check the neutral switch at the transmission shifter.

Apr 18, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

2 Answers

Car drags when trying to start. had battery checked and it was good, cleaned negative post and replaced terminal, and worked better, but still drags sometimes. the positive terminal is corroded, but looks...

disconnect and clean with baking soda and water solution, cable could be corroded inside, must be replaced, start early sat morning with new cable in hand 

Sep 13, 2009 | 2000 Nissan Xterra

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Ford Econoline Logo

286 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ford Experts


Level 3 Expert

77202 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22265 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5581 Answers

Are you a Ford Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides