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I have a 1999 ford windstar sel 3.8L van. It is not

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Hello. I have a 1999 ford windstar sel 3.8L van. It is not starting. When the key is turned over, the lights come on the dash and all electrical systems are working, but there is no sound coming from the starter. No clicking or winding sounds. Could it be the starter and/or solenoid, or could it possibly be a relay?
JA: My old Jeep sounds like a steam radiator sometimes. It must be old age. The Ford Mechanic will know what your noise means and what to do about it. Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: Yes.
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Customer: Just looking.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Ford Mechanic should know about your Ford?
Customer: For the last couple days, it would not start and then after sitting for a period of time (couple hours) it would then start.but as of last night it hasn't started.
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 7 months ago.
Hi. Most common it is the starter itself. THe solenoid is part of the starter. You can verify that with a test light on the small wire of the starter. And also sometimes the small wire on the starter makes a poor contact. Try wiggling that wire around from the front underneath and see if the van starts.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Ok. Thank you. I'll try that right now. Will I be able to keep contact with you?
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 7 months ago.
Yes this chat will stay open. Try that and let me know.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Ok. Thanks.
Expert:  EricFromCT replied 7 months ago.
Have you checked out the starter and starter wire yet?