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Old 05-26-2010, 12:19 PM   #1
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Serious Starting Issue

First off, I have a '99 Mustang GT. Back in January, I cranked the stang up rolled 5 feet and it stalled out with no noises or anything and left me stranded about an hour away from home, but got it towed back to the house... Since then, it has just sat there.

In January it was cold, and we happened to go through several cold snaps so I figured it was either aftermarket alarm, battery, or starter problems. So the other day I went to crank it up after sitting up and battery was dead. I charged it over night, then proceeded to crank it up. I had lights and everything but noticed my radio is now blown out. I went to crank and I got one bump from the motor as if trying to roll over and couldn't.

So I got the battery tested at a local auto store, and when I hooked it back up, it rolled over almost 1 complete rotation and died. The battery test showed the battery was good and went through the full charge, but from the DIAG screen on the odometer, noticed the battery was not holding the charge and was steadily losing its charge.

Took the battery out again, and went and bought a new battery with 600 CCA, and 700 CA... when I went to crank it up, the motor rolled over SLOWLY with peaks where it almost wanted to start and then periods where it pretty much just sat there.

Checked the DIAG screen again, and then was running a DTC 9356 Code -- Ignition Run Circuit Open. I checked all my cables and lines, I haven't found any shorts or lose connected. Called Ford (ugh), and they suggested (besides bringing it in), that it could be starter, alternator, ignition switch, fuel pump, spark plugs, coil packs, and the list goes on.

So this morning I went outside, disconnected the battery for 30 minutes or so to try to see if the code was clear. It did. Went to crank her up, and low and behold I'm back to the 1 bump and won't go any further than that. I called Ford back, told them I noticed that when trying to crank up the car and had the key twisted all the way to start, the theft light was solid, and then asked him if possibly it was the PATS system. When I continued telling him about the past, he said an expedition was in the shop yesterday for a similar problem, and it was the alternator and the fuel pump going out.

Has anyone.... ever had anything similar to this happen or know of anyone? I have done countless hours of research on this and no one has anything.

What I'm thinking it could be --
1)Bad Ignition switch and not recognizing my key there for the solid light when trying to start up

2)Bad or faulty starter or solenoid from where the dreaded startings were coming from and now the single hit and that's it

3)Pats system being activated and spending 600 bucks for new keys and reprogramming of the ecu

Any help would be extremely appreciated
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First thing that came to mind for me was the alternator.
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Is this the same motor you couldn't turn over manually with a breaker bar? Or did you fix that problem since then?
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Is this the same motor you couldn't turn over manually with a breaker bar? Or did you fix that problem since then?
I think when I talked to him... he had said he left it in park. I suggested he try doing that in neutral and see if it worked better.
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Yes same motor. The motor rolls over fine with no noise. It's not locked up. I posted this question a few times on other forums and one guy had an identical problem said it's the starter. The battery wires are blazing hot when you try to crank and he said that was all the amps the starter was trying to pull building up in the lines. So tomorrow morning I'm going to buy a new starter and put it on see if it does the trick.
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Sorry for a quick post back, te original battery was shot. When I put in my new one the motor rolled over
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I don't know, Alternator came to mind for me.
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