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Single click when trying to start. Changed starter, battery,

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alternator. Starter is getting hot...
Single click when trying to start. Changed starter, battery, alternator. Starter is getting hot when turning the key. 2004 ford explorer 4wd
JA: Have you changed a battery before?
Customer: Yes
JA: Are you fixing your Explorer yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. Got it to turn over when tapping on alternator. Had it tested and it failed so replaced it. Still single click. Replaced battery because it wouldn't charge on charger. Changed out starter today. Also checked fuses.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Ford
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Ford Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Could it be a short in the positive wiring. Cleaned all connections and ground wires
Ford Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

Try to turn the engine over by hand with a breaker bar on the crank sprocket bolt. If the engine turns over I would next look at a voltage drop issue with the battery to starter cable or a ground issue.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
We got it to turn over. I have also been told to check the flywheel. I will check the voltage drop in the morning. The starter was burning really hot until we clean the connections. Now it gets warm but no longer smokes.
Ford Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

I can send you a wiring diagram of the starting circuit from the service manual if you would like.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
We have a wiring diagram. I am not comfortable with the wiring. I am just trying to exhaust all other issues before taking it in.
Ford Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

You could also remove the starter and check all teeth on the flywheel by turning the engine over by hand. You could also try jumping the starter solenoid and see if it will turn over.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
This may sound stupid, but where is the solenoid?
Ford Mechanic: Dan, ASE Certified Technician replied 1 year ago

The starter solenoid is attached to the starter. It is a part of the starter assembly and is not serviceable.

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