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Old 12-05-2008, 12:04 PM   #1
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Start up problems.

Ok so I'm back with a new host of problems. My car just recently, like today, won't start up. Every time I turn the ignition, all I get is the radio with a lot of popping and distortion, it doesn't turn over, no clicking and the battery is at least a year old. How do I test if it's the starter, or just a short in the wire somewhere?
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hit it with a hammer lol just playing. a dealership would be able to tell you if it is bad.
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Re: Start up problems.

If your sure the battery is good. The battery being a year old doesnt mean it cant be bad. Best bet is to take the starter off and take it to a part store like advance auto or oriellys, not autozone. They can test it.
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Ok well it's Sunday so I can't take the battery anywhere right now, but my brother did bring up something else. Does the 95 Gt mustang have Solenoid? And if so could that be my problem, whether it's the one in the starter or the one in the wheel hub?
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The solenoid and starter are all one unit. If the solenoid is bad you still have to take the starter out and get a whole new assembly. I would definately test the battery and the starter to make sure they're good. If you have a mulit meter you can test the battery yourself.
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Re: Start up problems.

Couldn't hurt to check the connections at the battery (corroded at all? tight? clean? ) and the basic chassis/ body grounds (the wires leading from the negative post of the battery to the chassis)
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Couldn't hurt to check the connections at the battery (corroded at all? tight? clean? ) and the basic chassis/ body grounds (the wires leading from the negative post of the battery to the chassis)
The Positive terminal on the battery connector had a lot of corrosion on the nut that tightens it and behind the lead connector where the two pins are before the wires start. We're letting it soak in vinegar at the moment as the nut is stuck and won't tighten back up after we loosened it.

I don't get any clicking sounds after I turn on the aux power with the key, it just pushes forward, no clunk or clicks to be heard. I get power, the radio comes up with some distortion/crackling.
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can you hear the fuel pump kick on when you turn the key? I'm not saying its a fuel problem but if you don't hear the pump kick on it could be the battery and not the starter. If you have the stock h-pipe in the car, its a huge pain in the *** to get at the starter so check everything else first.
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Re: Start up problems.

when was the last time you started it?

that happened to my gf's car on friday and it was just because she didnt drive it in 2 weeks in near freezing temps. we jumped it, drove it a bit, and now it starts up fine.
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can you hear the fuel pump kick on when you turn the key? I'm not saying its a fuel problem but if you don't hear the pump kick on it could be the battery and not the starter. If you have the stock h-pipe in the car, its a huge pain in the *** to get at the starter so check everything else first.
Honestly, I don't know what to listen for to tell if the fuel pump is kicking on.

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when was the last time you started it?

that happened to my gf's car on friday and it was just because she didnt drive it in 2 weeks in near freezing temps. we jumped it, drove it a bit, and now it starts up fine.
The car was driven the day before so it wasn't left for any long substantial period of time. 12-13 hours at most.
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Honestly, I don't know what to listen for to tell if the fuel pump is kicking on.

The car was driven the day before so it wasn't left for any long substantial period of time. 12-13 hours at most.
The fuel pump is a slight hum or buzz. You will hear it when you turn the key to the on position.

It sounds like it could be either the battery or the starter. Most of the time the starter gives you hints or clues its going bad. The battery on the other hand wont. It will just go bad.
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The fuel pump is a slight hum or buzz. You will hear it when you turn the key to the on position.

It sounds like it could be either the battery or the starter. Most of the time the starter gives you hints or clues its going bad. The battery on the other hand wont. It will just go bad.
Ok update, pulled the battery out to get the battery pan out for something, then we put the battery back in and boom, it started up, but once I put it under strain, lights, radio it died. So I took the Battery to O'Reily to test, and it has a 12.49v with 79% charge, so I'm now getting it towed into the local shop so we can get a full look at any electrical problems, since this may be the Alternator.
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the drain is probably not the alternator but the fact of continuously trying to start it. as far as it dieing again i would say either the starter or electical problem good luck man
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the drain is probably not the alternator but the fact of continuously trying to start it. as far as it dieing again i would say either the starter or electical problem good luck man
It's not the starter, I can hear it clicking when I turn the key now, it just won't turn over, they have it in the shop at the moment, but I won't hear what's wrong till tomorrow.
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It's not the starter, I can hear it clicking when I turn the key now, it just won't turn over, they have it in the shop at the moment, but I won't hear what's wrong till tomorrow.
Well hopefully its a cheap and simple fix...

I wish I could help you out, haven't actually been a ford tech in over 2 years no (after ~4 years of being one ..) so the newer cars/issues are unknown to me

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Alright grand total 474.64$. What was wrong, Positive cable to the battery had acid all down the inside of it, the Throttle Position sensor was bad, and the ECT was bad as well.
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How did all those go bad just for a poor connection with the battery?

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How did all those go bad just for a poor connection with the battery?

dang...
Well before I got the car, it was sitting on the trailer for a year, so that could be, as I've been having problems with it stalling right after I start it and give it a bit of gas, which the TP sensor should fix now. I think I had all these problems before but the cold weather and the use finally pulled them out into the open.
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Well at least its all taken care of and you can actually enjoy the car...take her out for a rip and have some fun.
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