Hey, I was wondering if someone could help me. My car won't start.
When I turn the key all I get is a clicking noise from what I believe
to be a starter relay. All of the lights work so I don't think it is
the battery. I also tried jumping it but still nothing. I replaced
the starter last night hoping that would fix the problem but still all
I get is clicking. Anyone have any ideas?
The engine is not turning at all. All the lights in the car come on
when I turn the key half way but when I try to start the car all I hear
is a click. The battery was replaced a few months ago and the
terminals are clean and tight.
It's got to be the starter, battery, or ignition switch.
You already replaced the starter. However I do not know if the new one
is any good (where did you buy it, is it really new or rebuilt). I do
not know if the terminals on the starter are clean and tight.
I also don't know how old the battery is.
Also, these cars use crappy Mazda ignition swithces that need to be
replaced every few years.
I just encountered a problem with a 94' Escort where the starter would
keep turning the engine when the transmission was in park or neutral
without any key in the switch! The owner had to put it in reverse to
keep it from cranking when the car was parked. It turned out to be a bad
ignition switch but the failure mode was weird. One of the contacts was
stuck in the closed position because the small plastic pin which
activates it, had melted and become shorter. This was apparently due to
heat from the contact caused by an increase in resistance, which was the
result of aging. I wonder if Ford knows about that one?
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