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07-08-04, 06:17 PM   #1  
starter diagnotic

I have a Ford Contour 95 with 127 K, when I started the engine, it did not crank at all, after a couple time it started easily and the problem has not occurred so far. Is it a starter problem symptom or something else?
How do I know that my starter is going to be bad?

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07-09-04, 05:39 PM   #2  
Probably is the starter.

Hi Airgate,

The problem you experienced is most likely the starter. The brushes and rings (electrical contacts) in the starter motor have a "bad" spot and if by chance it happens to have stopped on that bad spot when you try to crank the car it will only click. This is why maybe you have heard some people hitting there starter with a hammer to get it to crank over. Hitting it this way will cause the starter to turn just enough so that it has enough contact to continue on its on.

There are of course other possibilities. One being corroded battery cable ends or even loose connections.

Other possibilities are starter relay, ignition switch, neutral safety switch etc.

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