1991 Ford Escort Starter/Clicking

Tiny
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  • 1991 FORD ESCORT
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 164,000 MILES
I own a '91 LX, pretty much stock, no major upgrades, and went to start her up yesterday and all I get is a clicking noise coming from the passenger side fender (i think) where it looks as if two relays are located. I'm assuming these are starter relays? O.K, so I take a jumper wire and run it from the positive terminal of the battery to the solenoid, and it cranks the motor right up with the ignition on. I then turn the car off, and take a screwdriver and put it between the two bolts coming out of the starter and it cranks the starter no problem. So then I get back in the car and try again to start the 'scort normaly and get the same clicking noise coming from (i think) the relay. Does this pretty much mean that the relay has gone bad or could it still be something else? Could the starter or solenoid still be bad even though they will both work when jumped or arced? Is there a way of temporarily bypassing a relay? I really need this car to get me back and forth to work!
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 2:03 PM

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Tiny
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If I understood you correctly, you are jumping across the two big studs on the starter solenoid on the fender and the starter motor turns like it's supposed to.

And the solenoid with the two big studs clicks when you turn the key.

Then yes, the solenoid is bad, but they're only about 25 bucks.

Cheap fix.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 2:12 PM
Tiny
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If it can crank by applying power to it and shorting the solenoid out-pe of this 2 is causing the problem The ignition switch or the manual lever position sensor.

Check for power at the manual lever position sensor at top left of transaxle black and dark blue wire power there the manual lever position sensor is defective No power its coming from the ignition switch.
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 2:18 PM
Tiny
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Ok thanks for your suggestions. Right now I have a jumper wire running from the small terminall on the solenoid and when I want to start the car, I just touch it to the battery +. LMAO! It's a temporary fix. I'm guessing the problem is either gonna be the nuetral start switch or ignition switch. I'm leaning towards the ignition switch since I can start the car with the key in any position (is that normal when using a jumper wire?) And key also comes out when turned. Which option would you guys suggest I try to look at first and is thye nuetral start switch an easy fix? Cheap fix? And would it be ok to rip one out of a boneyard?
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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 AT 5:22 PM

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