I have a Ford '89 Tempo. A few days ago it wouldn't start, so I got a
jump. It started fine with the jump, and while the hood was open I
noticed a belt was missing--I believe it's the belt that connects the
engine to the generator that recharges the battery.
So I drove the car home and a couple days later I replaced the belt. I
got a jump again, since the battery hadn't been charging since the
belt broke. But this time the car wouldn't start at all, even with the
jumpers connected. When I turn the key, all I get is a rapid clicking
sound, like a machine gun. The needle on the rpm-meter jumps up a
little, so something must be moving, but it won't start. I even tried
taking the belt back off again, but that didn't help either.
My battery seems OK, as it took a charge when the jumpers were
connected, and the radio, lights, etc work fine.
Any ideas? Thanks!
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