Power is on, motor can't start up, just tries to start
Sounds like the power is working, lights are on, etc. But the motor tries to start up and can't it tries, and tries but can not actually come on.....the freezer has stopped cooling on me twice in past, but this time the noise is completely different. It actually sounds kind of like trying to start your car when the battery is dead, it tries to turn over, but can't make it.
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Two possible answers here,
1, The starter motor is stuck and the click is just the sound of the relay.
2, Not enough power in the battery to turn the motor over, the lights/horn etc may still work but the starter takes a hell of current from the battery and there may just be not enough to turn it over.
Try replacing your battery as it sounds like your battery is not holding charge. When you get a boost from other car your using the other cars power to start yours. It only takes a little power to light dash lights etc but takes a LOT of power to start motor.
You may still have a battery issue. The starter motor takes a tremendous amount of power to operate, where a light or radio draws much less current. I would attempt a jump start first to eliminate your battery and give you a direction in troubleshooting your issue.
Tim, that does sound strange. I must admit I am not as familiar with the newer Fords, but it sounds like some sort of headlight relay is stuck. I would try and jump the vehicle and see if that will get you going. I have seen batteries that showed nearly 12 volts, but had bad cells and could not provide anywhere near the amperage to start the vehicle or supply enough power for the high amp draw items. ( starter motor, head lights, window motors, etc. How old is the battery
check starter solenoid.see if getting power to starter side when pressing button .if yes check if power to starter w/ test light when pressing button.if power there check starter,also motor, will it turn manually or is it seized.if no power to starter side of solenoid, jump across solenoid posts w/ a large screwdriver -motor will probaly turn over,w/ key on.if small wire to solenoid has power when pressing start,solenoid bad,if no power, wiring or start button bad.
this sounds easy now i under stand that your windows and lights are working but let me tell you somethig speciel
if you have a motor in an remote control car it is not running then you go and check it in a torch and it works this is why
a starter motor on a car uses a lot of power and is very high draw (takes alot from the battery) a light or a power window motor uses less so it can provide the power needed where the starter motor needs more and it can not provide
hope you get what i mean
if i put a motor out of a corsa (1.4, 4 cylinder verry small motor) and put is in a bus it wont move it cause it is too hard then if i put it in a go cart it will fly tyr a new battery or see if you can borrow a friends to test it if it starts with a fully charges battery then all you need is a battery if not let me know more and i will do some home work for you