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Old 06-28-2003, 02:39 PM
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Question 1992 Ranger Starter and Starter Solenoid

Husband is out of country and now I have to fix the truck. Battery is pretty new, replaced solenoid next to battery this morning. Truck still won't start, just clicking away. Decided I needed to replace the starter, put the truck on jacks and went to the starter. At the starter solenoid there is a red cable attached, and a "loose" red wire, with a connector on the end. It would appear the connector just needs to be reconnected to the solenoid. But it won't "connect". Am I missing something? Should it not connect to the prong on the solenoid? Should I just replace the starter, and forget about the wire? Any help is appreciated. I do have Chiltons for our truck, but it doesn't show a picture of the prong on the starter solenoid.

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Yes, Clarabelle ...

The wire does clip on and should be easy to do so. I replaced my starter and then connected that wire with a special clamp that insured it does not come off the starter again. That little wire is a pain in the ahem! lol

I wont have to fix that again and my Ranger has probably a lot more miles on it than yours ... I have over 100,000 miles on it and the original starter was still working, until I had the problems I had and replaced it.

I wanted to my ranger!!!

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I have a 92 2.3ltr ranger it wont stay running . I change the solenoid on the firewall it starts but wont stay running ... what did I do wrong?
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Husband is out of country and now I have to fix the truck. Battery is pretty new, replaced solenoid next to battery this morning. Truck still won't start, just clicking away. Decided I needed to replace the starter, put the truck on jacks and went to the starter. At the starter solenoid there is a red cable attached, and a "loose" red wire, with a connector on the end. It would appear the connector just needs to be reconnected to the solenoid. But it won't "connect". Am I missing something? Should it not connect to the prong on the solenoid? Should I just replace the starter, and forget about the wire? Any help is appreciated. I do have Chiltons for our truck, but it doesn't show a picture of the prong on the starter solenoid.

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Could be wrong but IIRC Ford connected the small red power distribution wire to the starter relay not the starter solenoid.

The starter relay is the part that you replaced. The relay connects voltage to the solenoid.

What you are describing sounds like a weak battery or a bad connection.

Loosen the negative cable on the battery just enough so you can wiggle it back & forth a couple of times & retighten it. Does it start now?

If it still wont start do the same with the positive cable.

After doing the above with my 87 Ranger it still wouldn't start.

By simply jumping from the negative on the battery to the engine block I found that the negative battery cable was shot.
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I have a 92 2.3ltr ranger it wont stay running . I change the solenoid on the firewall it starts but wont stay running ... what did I do wrong?
If it runs until you release the key from the start position you probably have a bad ignition switch. When you turn the key one click do the idiot lights come on?

What you replaced was the starter RELAY, why did you replace it??
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1996 Starter issue. Bendix spinning but the truck isn't starting

Hello to everyone. I have a similar situation to the one that I read on this post.Yesterday After trying to start my 1996 2.3 Ranger I did struggle to turn it on, after a couple of times trying and after the sound that you are hearing on the video (https://youtu.be/md5zd-fvMPAit) started. Today in the morning while trying to do the same, it does not go any further and doesn't start. I had the clicking noise coming from the solenoid also but probably was because I drained the battery after trying several times. I have charged the battery and now the only noise that I get is the one that you see on the video. The battery marks 12.7 volts before doing any troubleshooting.

I think it might be the Bendix on the starter. But wanted to ask for your opinion. In case that you have had a similar experience with this.

I appreciate your help. Thank you very much.

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If it's a manual transmission pop start it, shove the clutch in at 50 MPH and turn the key off. Will it start now? If it does theres a busted tooth in the flywheel, If it still wont start yank the starter to see whats wrong with it.
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Ergo, you might want to start a new thread.
Your youtube link is not working
and have you tried replacing the starter?
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Ergo, you might want to start a new thread.
Your youtube link is not working
and have you tried replacing the starter?
Well go figure this, the link does'nt work on my windows 8.1 PC, but it does work on my high buck state of the art $79.95 android tablet.

On the tablet i can hear the starter spinning, so the solenoid is shoving the starter gear in which completes the circuit to spin the starter.

Theres a missing tooth on the flywheel or the starter gear is busted.
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