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Old 03-16-2008, 03:42 PM
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Silly T-Bird----will not wake up.

On May 1st of last year, my daughter moved out of our house (with the poor excuse for a boyfriend).
Her car was parked in the driveway, and had not been started or moved since. (was not gonna supply her twit of a BF with a car)
Well, I finally decided to take if off the insurance, and did not reregister this year, so I think it must go 'bye bye'.
Not like I'm gonna be asking a serious amount of money for it, but I would at least like the damn thing to start.
It was used daily prior to it being parked, no electrical issues whatsoever, and everything worked just fine.
This weekend-----REFUSES to wake up!
Battery fully charged to 12.4
Everything in the car is working just fine.
Turn to "START"----click---motor turns just a hair.
Okay---start looking for the starter relay----WHERE THE HELL IS IT???
There is a 'multi-purpose' relay behind the pass. headlight that is doing the clicking when the key is turned, but I have no idea what this is for.

I have been in possession of this car since it was new, and never have done anything other than routine oil changes/brakes in 200,000 miles.

Does the starter have a relay??? where is it???
About 10 years ago I removed a starter from a v-6 Cougar----not really wanting to do this again--was no fun at all.

Battery voltage does not drop significantly when the key is turned.

I'm trying to decide if the battery has lost a cell or if something else has gone aray. The car will not jump start either.

94 T-Bird v-6

Any suggestions??

Bryan>>>>>>>ford is not my forte, however I have 3 of these

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Try another battery. If you let the battery sit two long it can't hold the charge.
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Most likely a stuck starter or bad connection. If the battery voltage doesnt change when the key is turned it is because the starter is not drawing anything. You can go the old whack it a couple times while a helper holds the key in the start position. If this doesnt work then you need to troubelshoot

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Old 03-17-2008, 05:17 PM
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I have "SUSPECTED" a blown head gasket from quite some time ago.
The daughter got it hot enough to 'steam' a hole in the plastic radiator.
But, we got it going again, and just monitored coolant usage (not bad)
Today I was thinking----perhaps a cylinder had filled up with water and it hydrauliced.

Remove all six plugs, and try to crank-----'click'
Get the wrench and turn engine over by hand-----#6 had sprayed some water .

So----pretty sure I have a starter issue now. Engine turns freely, but now I am debating on wether to change the head gaskets and get it running, or just sell the thing like it is.

This particular engine only has 50,000 on it now, and it has been a damn good car. (engine replaced due to me ignoring Ford Recall---catastrophic failure----don't ignore recall notices! )

I've been out looking at it today-----trying to psych myself up to taking this thing apart. I had actually been kind of fond of that engine.
That lil 6 would run circles around my v-8 (4.6) 'Bird jettin' around town.
Of course on the hiway----it could not hold a candle to the v-8
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