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Old August 9th, 2013, 07:45 AM
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Question So, Your Starter Is just Clicking

Does you starter make a *click* sound when you try to start your vehicle?

Each time you turn the ignition switch to start, does the starter just *click* one time?

That is probably the starter solenoid.

If it goes, *click-click-click-click*, and so on, it may just be a low battery.

A simple way to tell if the battery is at fault is to turn the headlights on and turn the ignition switch to start.

If the lights go out, then the battery is probably at fault.

Course, you'll have to run real fast after you hit the start position in order to see if the lights go out...or have someone out there watching for you.:-)

You can purchase a small inexpensive battery charger at most malls, or parts store.

The best way to use a *trickle* chargers is to charge the batter all night, or all day, whichever pleases you.

You can try charging the battery. If it runs down again, then you need to do something.

Remove the battery terminals from the battery post, if you have the *post* type, and clean the post and the inside of the cable clamp.

If you have the side mount just loosen the 8mm bolt and clean the terminal where it comes into contact with the battery. Clean the part on the battery, too. :-)

Sometimes the battery will build up a lot of corrosion on the outside of the cable clamp.

When this happens, usually, the inside part of the clamp and post will create a hard metallic-like surface; using a battery terminal brush will get you down to clean metal.

This stops the flow of electricity from the alternator to the battery.

Having hidden corrosion is also a problem, which is usually found under the insulation of a new looking battery cable.

When you use the battery's reserve, it's gone, no more being put in.

If the vehicle does crank with a jump, it will run off the alternator, which ain't good. :-(

If cleaning the post and recharging the battery doesn't solve the problem, you may need a new one.

Don't run to the nearest *parts store* and buy a battery.

Take your battery to a place that sells batteries and have it checked.

Also check the belt/belts

Click on This Link Below For More on Cleaning A Battery

http://www.fordtruckclub.net/forum/s...0466#post80466


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