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Old 06-02-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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I have a 1988 Tioga Arrow on a Ford E350 chassis. When I turn the key all I get is a click click click. Every 10 or 12 times it might start.

I have changed out both solenoids, battery, and had the started checked out.

What am I missing?
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Sounds like the starter has a dead spot but you say it 'checked out'. What test did they do? Are the terminals to the starter and the battery clean?
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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Sounds like the starter has a dead spot but you say it 'checked out'. What test did they do? Are the terminals to the starter and the battery clean?
Yes, took the starter to a parts store and they tested it with their machine.

I have checked all the connections to/from the battery several times. I am wondering if it is an electrical wiring issue? Or the starter is really bad and I need a second opinion....
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When you say you "checked" the connections do you mean you looked at them or you removed them and cleaned them? Battery terminals can easily hide corrosion.



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[QUOTE=B D HOWie;2078772]When you say you "checked" the connections do you mean you looked at them or you removed them and cleaned them? Battery terminals can easily hide corrosion.



Yes, I have had the battery out 4 times to replace the 2 solenoids. I have thoroughly cleaned the connections and put new bolts on them. If it is a connection, it is NOT from the battery.
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I've had the starter checked on a machine in the past and it still didn't catch the dead spot. For me, I just replaced it. If this isn't the fix, for the issue mention it sounds like perhaps you have a corroded cable or bad connection somewhere. I've had a cable that has been corroded inside the battery cable, hidden from view. I replaced the cables in that instance and it resolved the problem. 2 different scenarios I have faced with the click-click symptom.
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I've had the starter checked on a machine in the past and it still didn't catch the dead spot. For me, I just replaced it. If this isn't the fix, for the issue mention it sounds like perhaps you have a corroded cable or bad connection somewhere. I've had a cable that has been corroded inside the battery cable, hidden from view. I replaced the cables in that instance and it resolved the problem. 2 different scenarios I have faced with the click-click symptom.
I have now replaces the battery, both solenoids, and the starter.

The problem continues: I am now beginning to battery cables and wiring harness.

Any other ideas??
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I've had the starter checked on a machine in the past and it still didn't catch the dead spot. For me, I just replaced it. If this isn't the fix, for the issue mention it sounds like perhaps you have a corroded cable or bad connection somewhere. I've had a cable that has been corroded inside the battery cable, hidden from view. I replaced the cables in that instance and it resolved the problem. 2 different scenarios I have faced with the click-click symptom.
Ok, thank you all for your help! It was the battery cable (pos) going to the solenoid that was corroded. Changed out the cable and VIOLA, everything words great...

Thank you again for all your help...
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