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Old 01-22-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
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Just got home from a deployment, it was a "vacation tour" for all you other veterans that are curious. Unfortunately I came home and got my 2000 GT convertible out and it's having issues from sitting. Fuel pump went so I had it towed and replaced at the local speed shop, drove it to be inspected passed with no problems other than a weak battery, then I went to start it and I get a click and nothing happens. The radio turns on and gauges set so I think it's the starter. Any suggestions on a new starter and does anyone know which optima fits the 2000 GT Convertible?
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Just got home from a deployment, it was a "vacation tour" for all you other veterans that are curious. Unfortunately I came home and got my 2000 GT convertible out and it's having issues from sitting. Fuel pump went so I had it towed and replaced at the local speed shop, drove it to be inspected passed with no problems other than a weak battery, then I went to start it and I get a click and nothing happens. The radio turns on and gauges set so I think it's the starter. Any suggestions on a new starter and does anyone know which optima fits the 2000 GT Convertible?
The battery might have enough juice to run the radio and gauges, but not enough to turn the motor over. You said the battery was weak. Did you do anything about it, like charge it up or replace it? When I have tried to start cars with low batteries in the past, a click or fast clicking has been experienced. Also make sure your battery cable connections are clean and tight. A loose or dirty connection could also give these symptoms.
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No I was supposed to go to interstate battery today to replace it (cousin works there) and it wouldn't start. I'd really rather spend the money and just get an optima but I don't know which one fits the 2000 GT
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No I was supposed to go to interstate battery today to replace it (cousin works there) and it wouldn't start. I'd really rather spend the money and just get an optima but I don't know which one fits the 2000 GT
I added one more thing to my original post you might have missed because you already responded. It was about battery connections. Please look back at my original post.
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No I was supposed to go to interstate battery today to replace it (cousin works there) and it wouldn't start. I'd really rather spend the money and just get an optima but I don't know which one fits the 2000 GT
I went to Optima's website and they don't even list Mustang for 2000. Maybe they don't have one as a direct replacement?
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Welcome home. Glad you made it back safe and sound.
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Welcome home. Glad you made it back safe and sound.

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No I was supposed to go to interstate battery today to replace it (cousin works there) and it wouldn't start. I'd really rather spend the money and just get an optima but I don't know which one fits the 2000 GT
What about AutoCraft Gold at Advance Auto Parts? They are made by Johnson Controls. I put one in my V8 Dakota last year and one in my wife's Neon this year. Both of the vehicles park outside all the time. No problem starting either, even during that subzero stretch we had a couple weeks ago, and a few more days again recently. We live in Wisconsin, so we do get very cold weather here.
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It's and option. I want to look into which batteries are the best and really optima keeps coming up. That's why I was looking into them. But anything that can give a strong start is on the table
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All you need to do for the optima battery is get one with similar cranking amps. It should fit no problem. When it comes to a battery you dont HAVE to stick to one or the other. If it sits in the location you want to put it in and it has enough CCA to start the car then your fine.
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Thanks! Trust me it's number one on my priority list. Thought about it all the time while I was gone
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As mentioned before, it takes a lot more power to turn a motor over than it does to run your accessories, unless you've got some serious electronics. I had a battery near the end of its life in my Impala on Christmas, went out to the parking lot to go home, it barely turned the motor, wouldn't start. Radio ran, lights turned on, everything. Tried to crank it again, got a click and that was it, radio kept running and lights stayed on.

Luckily another guy on his way home gave me a jump and gave me the cables. I bought a new battery the next day and no issues since.
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Yeah I tried to jump the mustang with my ranger today, no luck. Probably the starter. Getting it towed to the speed shop tomorrow
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If it's the starter, my condolences, but it's not common for those to die, and if you hear the click when you try to start, the solenoid is still good. Nevertheless, the shop should have everything to test and find out the problem, so I guess it's just wait and see
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Lol well when it has been -15 degrees out for a couple days they tend to have issues
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ouch, glad I'm in Texas. I hated New England winters, and there I usually only saw it get down to 0
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Yeah it's been terrible. I had issued with the starter on my truck too. That's why I'm headed to Texas next week to look for jobs haha.
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How did things ever turn out for you?
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Well I took it to the shop and they replaced the connector on the battery and that seemed to be what the problem was. However, I'm currently on my way to Texas and went out to start my car after stopping in Indiana and had the same problem. They tested the starter with me right there and sure enough it needs a new starter. So I am in the waiting area at the shop with my fingers crossed
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So did the new starter make your problems go away?
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Yup new starter seems to have done the trick. Made it to ft Leonard wood to vist a buddy and finishing my trip later this week.
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