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Old 03-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I changed my spark plugs and cables.(I know spark plug cables are supposed to touch and electrical wires.) I recently had a CEL relating to the MAF sensor...replace MAF and then problem solved. Car would start every now and then...eventually just turning over and clicking. I jumped a car 3 weeks ago...I went to Wal-Mart to change the battery due to faultiness. I accidentally put the - and + the wrong way. Went to AutoZone and had battery charged. (No problems. ) I replaced the alternator and the same problem...just no clicking I think. I check the fuse under the hood relation to the alternator and that was fine. Any suggestions?
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Don't know if this is gospel or just hearsay with Tauruses, but I was told by a mechanic I trust (and that ain't very many) that when the alternator is replaced, one should replace the voltage regulator as well. Had the same problem you have after replacing the alternator about twelve years ago and replacing the regulator fixed the no-start condition.
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It's integral to the alternator i believe...
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Was wondering about that after I posted. Mine's a separate unit, but mine's well older than yours too.
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If it's just clicking when turning the key, have you checked the starter?
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If it's just clicking when turning the key, have you checked the starter?
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At least a vulcan starter is easy to pull. Yank it off and test it with jumper cables.
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At least a vulcan starter is easy to pull. Yank it off and test it with jumper cables.
Can they test it at Auto-Zone or O-Reily's?
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Can they test it at Auto-Zone or O-Reily's?
Find a heavy metal object and bang on the starter for awhile. Then see if it
starts. If it does, its got a bad spot on the armature.

That trick has got me home before when this happened.
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You checked the mega fuse at the pass. end of the power distribution fuse/relay box underhood? And the alt.?
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I know that AZ can test the starter.

I would do what I call a "systems check". Start at the battery cables and check every wire and connection. Sometimes you can tap on a starter solenoid with a hammer, and you can "fix' a sticky one temporarily. Check grounds, and make sure all the connections are clean and tight. A loose or dirty connection will feel warm or hot after you try to start the car a few times.
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