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Replaced battery cables on my 1998 Ford Expedition. Now when I turn the ignition the starter enguages then emediatly disenguages, like there is a load on it other than turning over the motor. Was star

I have checked all the connections and seem to be getting plenty of power, the horn blows very loud as it should, everything else works when I turn the key to the on position it's just when the starter goes to enguage that it immediatly disenguages. Any help would be appreciated because I am trying to find a job and need the transportation.

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You said you replaced the battery cables, how come? Problems getting car started? might be a bad starter, not cables... if battery is good, cables are new, may be starter solenoid malfunction... the solenoid tells the starter gear to engage the flywheel, then release the flywheel once the engine rotates fast enough (assuming you let go of the key once engine gets going :)... or you could even have a worn ignition switch or faulty wire behind the switch (not so likely)

Posted on Sep 04, 2012

  • MIKE ROYER Sep 04, 2012

    I replaced them because the original cables were still installed and I had cut them back several times to get good no corosive wire exposed and they were really short, especially the negative cable. The after market cable ends are not the best in the world so I decided to replace them since I fight this battle from time to time. It defianatly was the battery cable ends that were causing me problems prior to this. When it enguages it starts to turn the flywheel then it disenguages. I did put anti corrosive spray on the battery post prior to tightning the cable clamps, do you think that might not be letting enough amps to the starter?



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Need more info -- but I will try to help you as much as i can. If the starter is not turning -- you will have to ck your cables from the battery to the engine. So you need to ck the positive or red cable to the starter, this one is the large wire on the starter soleniod. Ck it all the way to the starter, from the battery and any conections in between. It must have a good conection and be hot same as the battery voltage (+12.+dc). You will have to ck the ground or black cable conection to the frame and also the engine block. The battery grounds to both locations. You have to have a solid conection to turn the starter on both of thses wires. Ck these wires and the conections to the starter and the engine. Next problem could be a bad flywheel.  The flywhee has teeth on it like a gear- and the starter has teeth that mesh into these teeth to turn the engine over. The flywheel could be damaged in the area that it is in now at rest, so the quickest way to find out is to turn the engine over by hand. Using a ratchet with the right socket fitted (to the crankshaft end-- the largest pully center bolt) turn the enging 1/4 turn and get the ratchet out of the pully and try to start the engine, if it turns over and trys to start you have a bad flywheel my friend. 

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