Starting issues

Asked by Dec 17, 2015 at 10:50 PM about the 1997 Ford Ranger Splash Standard Cab Stepside SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have this issue with the electrical on my
Ford Ranger I'm believing that the battery
terminals maybe bad after usage and
wiggling them at one point it started and
then turn it off and the next time we tried
to start it no longer starts.just a clunk
sound when you turn the key over.what's
wrong with my ride?

3 Answers

102,355

Going on what you said about the wiggle of the terminals, it sounds like you have the dreaded black corrosion problem on your battery posts and cable clamps, I would remove the cables and clean them and the posts, they should be shiny clean, none of the black corrosion left, then see if it cranks over and runs. HTH

80,025

If the battery terminals were actually bad they would be loose on the battery and leaking acid around them. Like tennis says - clean the terminals and cable ends and tighten them up good. If you can't tighten them then you need to replace the cables.

cut the cover of the cables back a little and see if you have a green color on them. You can put Baking Soda and a drop of water and it will clean them up. I put two 1000 amp jumper batteries on a battery and it would not even click. Once I cleaned the cut back cables, it started on it's own. Tape the cables after the cleaning. Hope this helps.

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