starting problems - MustangForums.com

5.0L (1979-1995) Mustang Technical discussions on 5.0 Liter Mustangs within. This does not include the 5.0 from the 2011 Mustang GT. That information is in the 2005-1011 section.

starting problems

Reply

 
 
 
Old 05-06-2006, 03:45 AM
  #1  
95stang50
1st Gear Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location:
Posts: 148
Default starting problems

okay yes i am 17....so i kno a few things about cars....my car wouldnt start...so it just clicked when i turned it over...so i went and got a new battery, i put the new battery in and started up....i turn it off...THE DAMN THING WONT START AND DOES THE CLICKIN THING AGAIN!! i dont kno what to do...my dads thinkin its the clamps on the batter for the posts....maby they arent gettin a good connection...what do you guys think????
95stang50 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 04:01 AM
  #2  
primetime5.0
6th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: United States
Posts: 9,586
Default RE: starting problems

test your tfi
primetime5.0 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 04:04 AM
  #3  
ikeybmg
5th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Southwest VA.
Posts: 3,915
Default RE: starting problems

maybe something drawing the charge from the batt/ hot long did it take for it to drain? like overnight or just a few minutes?
ikeybmg is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 04:47 AM
  #4  
Tims 88GT
6th Gear Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location:
Posts: 7,657
Default RE: starting problems

is the alt charging?
Tims 88GT is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 04:50 AM
  #5  
gr84u
3rd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location:
Posts: 563
Default RE: starting problems

Well first thing first is to check the batteries voltage, should be around 12 or so, and 14 when car on. If the voltage is low, you most likely got a draw. You could always get new terminals if it happens to be a bad connection. Kind of need more info as the duration between the two starts, added a new stereo and things like that.
gr84u is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 11:21 AM
  #6  
PRO50SC
The Rogue Mod
 
PRO50SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Maryland Sucka's!!
Posts: 21,918
Default RE: starting problems

Most likely a bad connection or a dead spot in the starter.
PRO50SC is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 03:27 PM
  #7  
90GTRagtop
2nd Gear Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 394
Default RE: starting problems


ORIGINAL: Tims 88GT

is the alt charging?
Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding. What he said.

First thing to know is if your battery is being charged. Jump start the car if necessary and check the DC voltage across the battery terminals. It should be around 13½ to 14½ volts. It may be lower if your battery was dead and you had to jump it. However, if its around 12 to 12½ or lower, your alternator is definitely not charging. It would be best to charge your battery with a charger prior to doing this test. If the battery is charging, but it's loosing the charge overnight, you probably have a parasitic drain. I doubt very seriously that it is a problem with the starter or a dead spot since a new battery started it up. If your alternator is not charging, a new battery will not last too long. Batteries are not fully charged when you buy them new, and they've often been sitting for up to a year since they were built.

If you think you have a parsitic drain, you can test by either using an amp meter or a 12 volt test light. Make sure the switch is off and all lights are off and all doors, trunks, etc. are closed. Disconnect a battery cable and connect the light or the amp meter between the cable and the battery post (if you use an amp meter, make sure you have the polarity correct). If you use a test light, if the light glows brightly, theres too much drain. Depending on the light, it may glow dim with the normal power drain for keep alive memory in the PCM, Radio, Clock, etc. If you use an amp meter, the draw should be much less than 1 amp.
90GTRagtop is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2006, 08:06 PM
  #8  
95stang50
1st Gear Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location:
Posts: 148
Default RE: starting problems

thanks guys....my terminals were toast....i pulled them off and they were full of corrosion...so i put new ones on and worked perfect too bad i thought it was the battery first and spent $65 on a battery before i went and bought $6 terminals...ohh well hard lesson learned....but thanks this forum is alot of help
95stang50 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply
 
 
 
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
jjwinel78
V6 (1994-2004) Mustangs
1
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
cvarner131
New Member Area
3
08-17-2015 08:38 AM
KEM Motorworks
5.0L (1979-1995) Mustang
20
08-14-2015 11:13 PM
djbigskrilla
2005-2014 Mustangs
13
08-11-2015 01:59 PM
Pain.
5.0L (1979-1995) Mustang
1
08-07-2015 11:48 PM

Forum Jump

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Advertising
Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory