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I have an 1983 ford ranger. When I turn the key I have

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Hi I have an 1983 ford ranger. When I turn the key I have power. But it won't start
Submitted: 17 days ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  kalamykid replied 17 days ago.

Do you mean the starter will not kick in?

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
it will not attempt to start or turn over at all unless I jump the solinoid
Expert:  kalamykid replied 17 days ago.

Do you have a digital volt meter and a test light so we can do some testing?

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
Expert:  kalamykid replied 17 days ago.

Do you have a helper that can turn the ignition switch for you?

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
No
Expert:  kalamykid replied 17 days ago.

Ok, Connect your test light to a good ground, unplug the trigger wire from the solenoid and pit the tip of your test light into the side of the plug so the tip is stuck between the connector and the rubber cover so the tip of the test light will stay in the plug making good connection with the connector. Then turn the ignition switch to start and see if the test light lights up please.

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
Ok
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
It didn't light up . A good ground would be anything metal wouldn't it?
Expert:  kalamykid replied 17 days ago.

Should be. Do you have an automatic trans?

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