1993 e 150 econoline van with 302 engine starter would not start cleaned all
terminals and it started then today again would not start tried jump starting
and it still would not start. Electrical system seems ok and I hear a click when
I engaged ignition but starter will not work. Had advance auto check battery
it's ok and alternator it's ok any suggestions.
What I have done in this situation is to connect a wire (12awg or
larger) to the starter terminal on the starter, and connect a 2nd wire
to the hot battery terminal. Then touch the ends of the wires together
a few times. If the starter spins normally, then move the wire from the
starter terminal to the solenoid and try that.
If you use 2 wires like this instead of one, you can make the sparking
connection away from the battery or out from under the car.
Funny how we remember things... I learned first did this on a 71 Impala
years ago when I needed to check the compression and didn't have anyone
to work the key. I wired up the starter and battery like this, only
put a momentary pushbutton switch in the wire. I still use it when I
need to check stuff under the hood and don't want the lovely wife
starting the engine at the wrong time. "I thought you said 'Go.'" "No,
I didn't say "go", I said 'no'." "Well, I heard 'go'." "Well, you
heard wrong." "Well, you were mumbling."
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