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Old 05-26-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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Don't know if this is the right place to post this problem or not...But My 1998 Ford v-10 , will sometimes just "click" when trying to start. Other times will start right up. New battery, and I have fully charged it. I have cleaned the cables at battery and starter. I do notice that when I try starting and it clicks two or 3, sometimes 4 or 5 times , then it will start. Then I will cut it off, hook up the battery charger and it will show only half charged, when before trying to start the charger would show full charge. any suggestions or help before I decide to take it in to shop?? This battery less then a year old.
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Your starter solenoid could be going bad.
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Thanks Nathan, and I believe the solenoid is build on the starter of mine , which has the 450 chassis, or would there be two solenoids ?
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Tom, I think that you may be right; your solenoid might be built into the starter. The older Ford cars used to have the starter solenoid on the engine's firewall. You can remove the starter and have it tested at any auto parts store.
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You said you had a new battery, Do you have a volt meter that you can read volts?

If the battery is good, I would be leaning toward a bad starter, i.e. dead spots or shorted spots.
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Nathan, you were almost right on the money! Turns out it was the solenoid starter switch located underneath the battery tray on the negative side. A $40.00 part from Motorcraft fixed the problem. solenoid on the starter and starter itself checked out ok. thanks for all the help
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I had the same problem on a 2011 Fleetwood 31m. Was two bad ground connections. Left loose from the factory.
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