How do I get my car to start?

Tiny
JRMC87
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  • 1992 FORD MUSTANG
I have a 92 mustang 2.3 I think. I have power to my lights, radio, power windows everything work great. But when I turn the key I get nothing at all. I hear the fuel pump kick on but I have no cranking or clicking its just nothing.
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Monday, December 12th, 2011 AT 6:20 PM

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Tiny
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On the left front there is a starter relay. It has a red wire that goes to a black then yellow wire. The black is a fusiblelink, that could be blown out. Auto parts stores have these. It's easy to check, prob the red wire or where it connects with a test light. Then probe the yellow wire if the yellow is dim or no power the fuseible link is bad. That leads directly to your ignition switch
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Monday, December 12th, 2011 AT 11:57 PM
Tiny
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THIS IS SORTA GENERIC

YOU COULD HAVE FAULTY RELAYS OR FUSES. SAVE RELAYS FOR LAST! (IF ANY)----COULD BE A FUSIBLE LINK TOO

CHECK YOUR FUSES!---YOUR OWNERS MANUAL MAY SHOW YOU LOCATIONS THAT YOU KNEW NOTHING ABOUT!

REMOVE AND REPLACE "SUSPECT" FUSES SEVERAL TIMES--THIS MAY SCRAPE OFF CORROSION AND GIVE THEM BETTER CONTACT!

THIS WILL WORK FOR YOU, PROVIDED THAT YOUR BATTERY IS GOOD---OR YOU CAN BE JUMPED OFF!

REMEMBER "NEW STUFF" CAN BE BAD TOO!

YOUR STARTER MAY BE BAD!

YOUR SOLENOID MAY BE BAD!

Try the stuff below (actions),

IN MOST CASES THIS IS THE PROBLEM, MOST OF THE TIME!

PEOPLE GET LAZY!----THEY DO NOT ACTUALLY DO THIS STUFF

IT BITES 'EM IN THE BUTT. THEY COULDA BEEN RIDING LONG AGO!

TAKE STUFF LOOSECLEAN"SCOOCH" THE CONNECTORS AROUND----TIGHTEN THE NUTS OR BOLTS WELL! DO NOT JUST PASS OFF ANY BIG CABLE CONNECTION AS, "IT LOOKS GOOD".

PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE BATTERY POSTS---CLAMPS---CABLE CONNECTIONS TO THE CLAMP (I'M TALKING ABOUT THE OLD STYLE "SQUEEZER" DEALEES, CLAMP TO CABLE)

IF YOU HAVE SIDE POST TERMINALS---TURN THE RUBBER INSIDE OUT/ REMOVE THE BOLT/ SCRUB THE FLAT CONNECTOR WITH A WIRE BRUSH OR SCRAPE IT WITH A KNIFE, TILL IT'S CLEAN---SAME FOR ITS MATING SURFACE ON THE BATTERY!

MANY TIMES THERE AIN'T MUCH SLACK IN THE CABLE----NO WHINING!---YOU GOTTA GET IT CLEAN, ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN SEE "GREEN CRAP" CAKED ON 'EM!

YEAH, IT'S NOT EZ TO GET IN THERE, BUT LOOK AT WHAT YOU WILL GO THRU IF YOU DON'T!

THIS IS WAR--YOU GOTTA CHECK IT ALL--ANY CONNECTION---POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE THAT A BIG CABLE BOLTS TO. GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!

IF A CABLE GOES TO A BOX--IT GOES ON THRU IT---CLEAN CONNECTIONS COMING AND GOING---TO WHERE EVER THEY GO!

EVENTUALLY YOU WILL REACH THE STARTER CONNECTION (POS)AND THE ENGINE/ BODY (NEG)

DON'T TELL THE SHOP, AS YOU GIVE 'EM YOUR $$$---WHILE WHINING---"I WAS TOLD TO CLEAN THAT CONNECTION, AND I DIDN'T!"

******AS YOU PROGRESS******, TRY TO CRANK HIM UP---YOU MAY FIND EXACTLY WHICH CONNECTION WAS THE PROBLEM!

I'VE SEEN THIS SAME CATASTROPHE, MANY MANY TIMES

(I SAW IT NOT TOO LONG AGO), I PULLED MY CAR DOLLY 40 MILES AND WAS JUST ABOUT WAS ABOUT TO "CAR DOLLY" A FRIEND'S LITTLE CHEVY TRUCK. THEN I INTERROGATED HIM!

I DID THE "NORMAL, OBVIOUS, CHECKS, AND FOUND THE PROBLEM TO BE THE SIDE POSTS ON THE BATTERY CONNECTIONS. AND IT'S SO SIMPLE TO FIX. SAD THING IS, WHEN I GOT THERE, NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE 'CEPT AN ATTEMPTED JUMP START, AND A LOT OF BSing ABOUT "WHAT IT COULD BE", FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF, BEFORE I ARRIVED.I WAS GONNA HAVE TO PULL HIM 40 MILES, HE WASTED 3 HOURS OF MY TIME, AND FUEL. LAZY, LAZY, LAZY. YES HE HAD THE PROPER TOOLS, WITH HIM, TO FIX THE PROBLEM. AND NOW, HE "OWES ME"!

YOU COULD BE RUNNING, LONG BEFORE YOUR "CALVARY" ARRIVES!

RETURN WITH GOOD NEWS!

THE MEDIC
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