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Unread 04-07-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1998 mustang 3.8L engine wont start or turn over

hello,
im currently scratching my head on this one hopefully you guys will be able to help out.
i was told it only needed a new battery and new plugs and wires.
i got the new battery and everything works electronically , but when i turn the key nothing happens not even a click from the starter. so far ive tapped on the starter , and checked the fuses
the wire to the starter is fine no corrosion or breaks . the car has sat for a year since it was last started . if you need anymore info please feel free to ask
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I would run a test light on to the positive lead on the starter to make sure it was getting fire. Your starter could have been dragging making you think you needed a new battery.
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i will do the test light thing but i have a brand new battery in it now so i doubt its the battery
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The small wire on starter solenoid is the feed wire coming from netural start switch or clutch safety switch depending on which trans you have. I have seen that wire fall of the soleniod and give you a no start. If it is connected make sure you have voltage to it when you turn the key to start position. If not, you'll have to back track to either netural start switch or clutch safety switch. After looking at a wiring diagram I saw a 40amp fuse in the engine compartment fuse box that controls a starter relay. I'll try to copy and add this diagram. Hope this helps.

http://www.chiltonlibrary.com/conten...ord_163804.pdf
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