2000 Ford Windstar, starter not working ?

Before i attempt to pull out my starter.... Does this diagnosis sound correct ?

My 2000 Windstar will not start. I have FULL power in the battery. And the Starter would CLICK once or twice then NOTHING. A hit the starter with a hammer and now it appears to be engaging a little... i get a repeating CLICK CLICK...

I am suspecting that i am NOT getting enough VOLTAGE to the starter, wires look clean and corrosion free, however judging by the sounds of the CLICK CLICKING noise I am thinking there may NOT be enough power ? SHort ? or just the GUTS of the starter may be all messed up ? Corroded inside ? loose wire? water? The starter does NOT look Old... could be original, not sure.

I hope to yank the starter and clean the contacts, perhaps take it apart. Does anyone think that this is NOT a good idea ? Thanks for your Help.


I may ADD: The starter did NOT show any indication of 'slowly' degrading. It has been raining here for about 2 weeks...... i would have assumed the weather had something to do with it ? corrossion. I cleaned ALL the conncections, battery terminals, grounds etc. However after researching a bit... what is this ? Trans-axle Positioning TPS (on the Trans axel, solenoid)? Someone has done everything the same as i have, except that i haven't replaced the starter. (i will ask this question on Yahoo. Answers too) thanks again so far for the answers given.

2 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    you could just have a bad starter solenoid.

    If your starter is shot, taking it apart will do you no good. It's gone and won't come back.

    If you take it apart, clean it and, even if, it does work: you'll have to replace it sooner or later. You'll be back underneath it (in the middle of winter) to replace it - thinking - I shoulda done this in the first place.....

    Source(s): 25 years of backyard mechanics
  • 9 years ago

    this is a typical symptom of an starter motor solenoid showing age and internal resistance ( wear etc)

    very rare to be able to simply renew an solenoid as most are built into starter as a one piece unit. an exchange motor is way to go.

    Source(s): had this and it is a common problem. 35 years testing engines for a living.
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