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startor problems 1997 ranger

Hi everyone, I've been having trouble with my ford ranger. It,s a 1997 4cyl 2.3 witha 5 speed transmission. I have put on three rebuilt starters and now a new one. And I just broke down again, it acts as if it's the selonoid. It clicks at the relay, well I put a new relay new battery. And had it checked out under a load and it was good. Today I got under the truck and unpluged the wire on the selonoid, and noticed the bracket that holds it to the block was off. I shook the wire and it started, is this possible that the harness could give me a bad selonoid sign?

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wiggle the wire and it works....
this is known as the "wiggle" test

if indeed the starter works when u wiggle the wire then check the wires connector or the wire itself.
it's a high possibility that there is a break somewhere in there or just a bad connection at the terminal.

hence: when u wiggle the connection it makes and breaks it causing the start/nostart issue.

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wiggle the wire and it works....
this is known as the "wiggle" test

if indeed the starter works when u wiggle the wire then check the wires connector or the wire itself.
it's a high possibility that there is a break somewhere in there or just a bad connection at the terminal.

hence: when u wiggle the connection it makes and breaks it causing the start/nostart issue.

Laterz,
I know what you are saying about the wire, it didn,t take a genius to figure that out. But the question is would the harness at the startor cause the relay to click as if it were a selnoid problem. Thanks for the reply Laterz..
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I know what you mean, but the question is would the harness being near the startor cause the relay to click if it had a short at the relay?..........Thanks for the reply .......
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Is there any who has a book that would show the wire harness for a 1997 ranger 2.3 5 speed. Where exactly does the wire run through the harness to the relay? Thanks Ray.......
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