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04-17-03, 12:49 PM   #1  
Starting Problem

I have an '89 Ford Ranger that is a 3rd vehicle. It has been sitting mainly for the winter and when I went to start it the engine did not crank. I then jump started it and it ran all day on that day.

A couple of days later the same thing happened. My assumption was that it was the battery, so I replaced it. Again, the truck ran fine for an entire day. (Several restarts)

The next morning I tried to start it again with the same result. The engine did not crank and there was not sound at all.

Could this be a solenoid issue? Or could something be draining the battery while it sits?

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04-17-03, 12:53 PM   #2  
sounds like it could be a faulty alternator, and something could also be pulling current off the battery. Test the alternator to see if there is a charge coming from it.

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04-17-03, 01:18 PM   #3  
Agreed. There is likely a drain on the system. Autozone and other retailers check charging systems at no charge to the customer. Can go that route.

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