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Old 04-19-2004, 11:20 AM
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rapid ticking

so yesterday i put in a new starter and i went to turn the engine over and all i got was a rapid ticking noise. the battery is only a couple months old and fully charged. any help with this problem would be much appreciated. thanks.

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sounds like a bad starter. the solonoid doesn't have a good ground and when it kicks in it looses its ground releasing the solonoid wich starts the process over again get a ner starter.
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too many seeds and not enough juice

No doubt that your starter is not getting the full advantage of a fully charged 12 volt battery for some reason.

Triple check your charge on your battery, then double check all cables and connections.

Take the battery in to get tested if all connections are good. It may have a bad cell that won't show with home diagnostics. It will need to be tested under a load.

Remove cables and clean them with a wire brush, as well as where they make contact. Make sure you have good connections. Can't be stressed enough.

Did you keep the old solenoid? Replace it if so and see if that fixes it. The solenoid is what takes the battery juice and makes the starter go to work.
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Like everyone is saying . . . check the connections. Clean them. I had a Ranger that would not start no matter what. The person replaced the solenoid, ignition switch etc. They finally gave me a call and it turned out to be some corroded battery cables lol.

In most cases, the soleniod is a lot cheaper to replace than buying a new starter. Its rare that the starter itself (the gears and whatnot) go bad as opposed to the solenoid burning out.
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Try this....

You might also flex your battery cables both posotive and ground. Quite often the copper corrodes down inside the cable and looks good from the outside. If it's bad it will feel like your cable is full of sand and sound about the same. Hope this helps.

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once again your advice and experience proves to be invaluable. i dont know which connection it was but i cleaned all of them right down to the nice shiny copper and replaced my battery leads and it fired right up thanks guys.
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