I had your problem with my 93 tempo, you just can't imagine what I changed for parts to figure out what was wrong. Finally it was a wire going I think to the starter motor's selenoid which was loose.
The connection wasn't made tight enought to make a secure contact. It explain why sometimes it was working, sometimes not.
I thought it was the starter itself also because I use a hammer on it and the car would start ( real reason was because when I was hitting the starter, it shake that connector and in luck, it make a somewhat safe connection), so I changed the starter for nothing. Because on the new starter, the contact was new, the issu was gone for some time but couple of months after, same issu.
I ask for that part at an autopart, cut the wire and weld it back, used the shrink rubber isolant with the help of heat and didn't had that Tick, no cranking issu for like 10 months.
Hope that helps,
ps: if those wire are tight and in good shape, it could be your starter relay or second selenoide under hood, left side, close to battery.
Sunday, November 15th, 2009 AT 11:00 AM