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94 Taurus, behaves like starter relay defective. Battery load tested good yesterday, charging system good, headlights do not dim when i turn the key, but no click either. Problem cropped up once yesterday, but car started on third attempt with no assistance

Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuses? Have you checked the bulbs?

I'm about to, but since it happened yesterday, I'm not sure its a fuse, but either a bad connection which ive eliminated, or a relay, which this car doesn't have. Starter is aftermarket replacement that's less than a few months old.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Taurus yourself? What have you tried so far?

I'm in a parking lot with groceries in the car, bad timing!

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No, I'm going over the fuses momentarily

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Do you own a volt meter or test light so we can test the wiring and signal to the starter motor?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have a rudimentary voltage meter with me. Engine is hot.

What liter engine do you have?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
3.0, automatic, just jumped current to starter solenoid, and got a vigorous click from it. Body control module?

At the starter are 2 wires going to it. Is the large wire showing battery voltage near 12.6 volts?

If you use a tool or wire and jump between both wire terminals does the engine crank?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have 12v at starter, grounding to solenoid body gets it to click
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Correction, I'm able to hear only initial solenoid click when turning key and fuel pump prime, but starter fails to turn over.

Only 12 volts means your battery is getting low on amps.

Can you do the test I mentioned? The starter needs power to the signal wire, the smaller wire, not a ground.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I jumped hot terminal to small terminal, only get solenoid click
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I jumped hot terminal to small terminal, only get solenoid click. Should key be on?

Since you only get a click that means the starter is defective.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
That is my suspicion as well

Keep in touch if needed

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Thanks

You are welcome

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