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Old 07-09-2005, 16:21   #1 (permalink)
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Startup problems

Ok whenever I put the key in the ignition , turn the key and hold it like I'm trying to start it I get this rapid clicking sound. I noise seems to be coming from a circle shaped box behind the battery. You can find it by following the positive battery cable from the battery and following it back. I have a 89 Ford Escort. Automatic.
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Re: Startup problems

Sounds like insufficient battery voltage to hold the starter relay on - hence the clicking of the contacts. Normally will be because of a dodgy battery - less likely will be the wiring to the relay or the relay itself. Get an auto electrician to check your battery capacity - they do deteriorate over time!

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I put a new battery in the car and still does the samething. The RPM gauge flicks the needle up and down. The lights come on the dash but the radio doesn't work. It normally comes on when you start/try to start the car.
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Couple more questions - does the car actually start? Do the radio and other electrics work ok when you have the key in the accessory position (without starting the car)? If the car starts, do the electrics (tacho, radio etc) then work normally?

The difficult thing is working out what that circle shaped box is without seeing it (maybe someone else on this forum can confirm it?). If you have (or can get your hands on) a workshop manual it should tell you. Just a guess but it could be some sort of fusible link, which breaks down when you try to pull current through it. Alternatively, the connections to your starter motor could be poor - this can cause some odd effects too. They may need removal, cleaning then tightening. Also check all your battery negative to engine block connections, and any other earth connections from the engine to the body.
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Check earths and connections from body to motor and battery...
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Couple more questions - does the car actually start? Do the radio and other electrics work ok when you have the key in the accessory position (without starting the car)? If the car starts, do the electrics (tacho, radio etc) then work normally?

The difficult thing is working out what that circle shaped box is without seeing it (maybe someone else on this forum can confirm it?). If you have (or can get your hands on) a workshop manual it should tell you. Just a guess but it could be some sort of fusible link, which breaks down when you try to pull current through it. Alternatively, the connections to your starter motor could be poor - this can cause some odd effects too. They may need removal, cleaning then tightening. Also check all your battery negative to engine block connections, and any other earth connections from the engine to the body.
Its the starter relay. I talked to a parts guy and he said to charge the battery and check the wire to the starter and if that doesn't work change the stater relay.
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