Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: White Mills, PA
1987 TC not starting
Hey guys. I just joined this forum bc i am stumped on the issue with my dads 87 T-bird Turbo Coupe. Let me start off with a little bit of info on the car...Its a 1987 T-bird Turbo Coupe in canyon red, all stock, 2.3 l4 turbo, 5spd, fully loaded with every available option except leather seats. The car has about 153,xxx on it and still runs good. My dad has had the car for about 20 years now, using it as a daily driver for the first 5 or so, then garaging it and barely using it after that.
Now about this issue, when i turn and hold the key in the start position the first try, i get a grinding noise coming from the drivers side. The second time i turn it, i get absolutely nothing. If i remove the key from the ignition and try the whole process over again, the same thing happens. I took the ignition wire (the smallest wire) off the solenoid then took a separate wire and touched it to the ignition terminal on the solenoid back to the positive on the battery trying to jump the starter, and got the same click. The only difference is that each time i touch the wire to the battery, i get the click and if i hold it on the battery its a constant grinding kind of noise. I can feel the battery vibrate and the sound seems like its coming from under the battery area. Im pretty sure its not the starter or the solenoid. Any help would be greatly appreciated!