Click but no start


Asked by Jan 29, 2015 at 05:50 PM about the 2001 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We have a 2001 ford f150 truck every
thing was running great then went to
start it one morning and get nothing
but a click replaced athlete solenoid
ran great then about a month later
same thing went to start it and got a
click so replace the starter ran great
and wouldn't you know went out to
start it again and click Wth so
dropped the starter turned the ignition
over click again touched the starter to
the frame of truck and it turned so did
that a few times to see if would work
and it did so figured it was a
grounding problem put starter back
up and grounded it to frame and
wouldn't you know got a click again
any ideas and no the engine is not
tied up.

5 Answers


check the battery terminal a loose connection will show the same signs as a bad starter. if you found this helpful please rate my comment as helpful and best to build my reputation thank you.


Everything is tight and reading right about 12 on the meter.

Bob Beaman

What is the voltage at the battery with the engine running? This needs to be measured and not read off of a gauge. If it is 13.8 to 14.6 volts plus or minus a few tenths the alternator is doing it's job. I would look at the battery, alternator and battery cables very closely.

Andrew Olsen

It sounds like a weak battery or corroded connections. 12 volts is good but it's amps that matter and can only be determined with a load test


Even though the cable looks good at the battery, check the connection at the starter. I have seen many starter cables have strands that fray and break until only 2-3 strands remain. Might be as simple as a new cable. How did you trouble shoot this to begin with. Any meters?

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