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On a 2004 Ford Freestar.....
On a 2004 Ford Freestar... only clicks one time when the key is turned... HELP
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Ford Mechanic: Ironmike, Ford Technician replied 3 years ago
Ironmike
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greetings,
If you can lets make sure we have 12 volts at the starter on both the large and small terminals when you turn the ignition key. Next we can make sure the ground wire/cable from the battery at the transmission is good. The negative cable goes to a stud on the trans side, other side where the starter is. This stud/bolt is used to secure the starter. If we have power and the ground is good I would suspect the starter has a bad contact inside. You could have someone bang on the starter as you try to start. Not too hard, I have seen this work many times to verify a faulty starter. The shock can sometimes get another start or two out of the starter.
You may need a starter.
lets start here
let me know what you find
good luck
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