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New here and need help. Car not starting. 2000 Mustang 3.8

I've done some searching and can't figure out what to do. I have a 2000 Mustang 3.8.

Since its been cold here in NC my car wouldn't start beginning 4 days ago. I kept trying to start it and eventually it would run and get me to where I need to go. Then i would need to be jumped to get started. The past few days that has worked.

I went to Advance Auto Parts to have my battery and alternator check (bad idea) they said both were fine. This morning car wouldn't start so i walked to my local Napa and they said that the battery was indeed bad. So i purchased a new battery. i got home, installed it and still the same problem.

I turn the key to start and it just clicks once. I really hope its not the starter because i can't afford it especially after buying a new battery.

please help!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-08-2010
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Check your starter solenoid and fuel pressure/ fuel pump relay. Sometimes they will tell u your battery is dead just so they can sell u a new one. Should have listend to advanced auto parts


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What is the condition of the battery terminals? Clean, corrosion free, and tight? Remember that dirty/loose battery cables can make a brand new battery worthless.

Measure the voltage at the battery. Post. Measure while cranking. Post.

Repeat the tests at the Main alternator B+ terminal.

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As Tim said you want to check you fuel pressure. I have had some issues with my 2002. Turn your key to the on position, don't start it. On the right side near the front of you engine above the 4th spark plug with will see a valve that looks like the air valve where you put the air into your tires. With the key in the on position the gas line will prime. Take a screw driver of a be and push in on the pin in the valve. Just apply a little pressure. This will bleed any air out of your line and you will be able to tell if you are getting good pressure in your gasline to your engine. I have had issues with mine getting air in the line. Hope this helps.
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thanks for the advice guys i will try this after work. does anyone have a picture of where the starter is actually installed on the engine so i know where to look? i know its on the passenger side but i can't find it. can someone post a photo for me? (i've already tried googling it to no avail.)
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Have you considered following the heavy battery cable that runs along the right hand side of the motor to see where it goes?
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try the crank sensor
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Quote:
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try the crank sensor
Try again.

I'm sorry man, but either give good advice, or don't say anything. You had an issue with the crank sensor - we get that. But that is not the solution to any problem that someone else is having.

The OP is having problems with starting - the crank sensor has to do with ignition timing. Since the car runs after he jump-started it, then the ignition timing is good and we can eliminate the crank sensor as the issue. :smoke:

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