The vehicle is making a rapid ticking noise when starting the ignition. What is that and what should I do mechanic or is it a easy fix on my own?

Asked by Oct 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM about the 2000 Ford Explorer XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Truck sat for two months the owner decided not start it any longer.

3 Answers

210,225

and the truck doesn't start? That ticking or clicking means you don't have enough voltage to start the car. I'm sure the battery will need to be charged or swapped out.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Thank you I thought that might be it. The connections on the battery has corrosion on it and it needs to be replaced. Therefore it is a auto store run. Thanks again!

1,195

Before you replace the battery, just clean the corrosion off the terminals and recharge it. The battery itself may be fine. Unhook the terminals, clean with water and baking soda, dry and reattach. I spray a little clear spraypaint over the newly cleaned terminals, or smear a little grease over them, helps keep corrosion from recurring. Then put the battery on a battery charger for at least 6 hours. Then see if your truck will start. 2 months is a long time for a vehicle to sit without being started. Batteries discharge on their own, clocks and electronic memories take a small amount of current, and especially alarm systems. You ought to start and run your vehicle at least an hour every two weeks to a month, or at least keep a battery maintainer or trickle charger on the battery when not in use.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • ignition 4 answers

    i lost the key to my explorer and i was wondering if i would be able to break the ignition so i can start the veh without the key. I dont want the column tore up but if i have to i will

    1994 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I own a 2006 Ford Explorer with 253000 miles on it. Experiencing problems with shifting while accleration. 4 answers

    I purchased four new tires, same size but different brand, and after leaving I noticed my vehicle was not shifting into gear on acceleration and was making a very loud winding noise. Is it a coincide...

    2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Loud Winding Noise 3 answers

    I own a 2006 Ford Explorer with a loud winding noise which becomes louder with speed. I just put on four new tires because I thought the tires were causing the noise. I have a hard time telling wh...

    2006 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Cost To Replace a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT Transmission 44 answers

    What should I expect to pay to have a transmission replaced in my Ford Explorer XLT 2002 vehicle - rebuilt or used?

    2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My motor is ticking more when I give it gas. 43 answers

    This started a couple of weeks ago and the ticking did not seam so bad it is now getting louder specially when I give it gas. It is sounds like the motor and I can't tell which side. I am a woman and ...

    1999 Ford Mustang

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 71,979 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $985.

ZIP:

Search Ford Explorer Questions

Ford Explorer Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 8,770
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,490
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 1,960
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
1,114 Great Deals out of 69,001 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Expedition
605 Great Deals out of 22,694 listings starting at $1,100
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
1,040 Great Deals out of 32,015 listings starting at $1,495
Used Ford F-150
3,332 Great Deals out of 203,178 listings starting at $1,273
Used Ford Escape
1,643 Great Deals out of 84,908 listings starting at $995
Used Dodge Durango
453 Great Deals out of 22,898 listings starting at $1,100
Used Toyota 4Runner
377 Great Deals out of 20,043 listings starting at $2,499
Used Toyota Highlander
653 Great Deals out of 27,633 listings starting at $2,988
Used Ford Explorer Sport Trac
60 Great Deals out of 1,983 listings starting at $900
Used Nissan Pathfinder
478 Great Deals out of 26,809 listings starting at $2,495
Used Ford Explorer Sport
290 listings starting at $995

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
10,683 listings starting at $25,995
2016 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 726 listings starting at $23,135
2015 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
48 Great Deals out of 791 listings starting at $19,338
2014 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
97 Great Deals out of 1,498 listings starting at $16,700
2013 Ford Explorer XLT For Sale
85 Great Deals out of 1,234 listings starting at $12,150