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Old 09-19-2008, 14:12   #1 (permalink)
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f-150 '84 starting problem

hello,

when i turn the ignition key all i get is a clicking noise in the right side of the front. somebody told me that there were not enough power going to the starter relay to make the starter works. is there a way i can check this and what is the required power? sorry for my english i'm french... and thank you


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Old 09-19-2008, 17:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: f-150 '84 starting problem

A fresh battery will have at least 12.6 volts (1.2 volts per cell). Anything less than that, put the battery on a slow overnight charge (2-6 amps) and that should possibly raise her from the dead.

In order to determine if the battery is starting to fail, once you charge overnight, start the vehicle a few times and then wait 5-6 hours. Retest the battery. If it is lower than 12.6 volts, she's starting to fail. Go get a new one.
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Re: f-150 '84 starting problem

Also a battery could show 12v and still be bad. Have a load test done on the battery.
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Re: f-150 '84 starting problem

x2^... Back to the OP, Poor connections can cause the same problems. Clean all connections, battery>relay>starter. Charge battery and have it load tested. Also test the charging system.
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Old 09-29-2008, 21:09   #5 (permalink)
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Re: f-150 '84 starting problem

I agree with other post concerning battery problems. If problem is not solved. check additional option. Older fords have starter solenoids. I have found that the contacts can burn or deteriorate over time. The solenoid will click but will not deliver enough power to to turn starter.
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