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98 from KY, but needs some help

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by imnotthefiveo, Feb 17, 2008.

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    imnotthefiveo New Member

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    hello, my name is ryan and my wife is heather. we live in the wonderful (hah!) state of kentucky. our only car is her 98 mustang v6. and heres were the fun begins.. we noticed a couple weeks ago some corrosion on the battery terminals. didn't think much of it, other than it needed to be cleaned. she drove for awhile and all day on saturday no problem until she got off work. it wouldn't start, just a bunch of rapid clicking (sounded like a machine gun). a lady she worked with in a beat up old van tried to give her a jump but to no avail. she got a ride to my work and we went back over when i got off. by this time, my sis and her fiance showed up in his mitsu montero (big suv) and tried to jump her.. no biggy, started right up and drove straight home. in the driveway, turned it off and tried to restart, but it was the same quick clicking.. decided to go to bed and worry about it today (sunday). got up and checked the water in the battery, it was low.. so we filled the water and put it on the charger this morning.. by this afternoon, no charge on the battery.. so we figured it had a dead cell in it and i got a new one on my way home from work.. got home, went out and changed the corroded terminals and put in the new battery.. fired it up.. and bam, more clicking.. so we're stumped and hoping like hell its nothing serious.. anybody that could help would be awesome.. thanks all..
     
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    Wendy Hi Guys!

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    Welcome.

    Could be a few things I guess. You could make sure the battery you bought is still ok before doing other troubleshooting by taking it back and getting it tested. I've gone through shorts in mine as well as a bad battery cable. Mine got old and corroded. One end had a fray starting and we didn't think that was enough to do it but it was and when I changed the cable, my problems were gone.
     
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    here's something that has happened to my dads truck twice now....the power wire on the starter has rotted off...but of course now saying that...you said it started with a jump....sooo...ummm..


    I think a wire is corroded somewhere
     
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    happened to my '95 before, take the cables off the terminals and clean the terminals and cables, put some petroleum jelly (vaseline works wonders for many things :lol: ) on the terminals, then reconnect the cables. this should fix the problem. good luck.

    also, welcome to the site.
     
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    Welcome to the site. Did you clean the corrosion off the cables before you put the new battery in?
     
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    yep, cleaned all the corrosion we could and replaced the terminals when we put the new battery.. her dad is coming up this afternoon and we're gonna replace the solenoid and hope that works..
     
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    I hope it helps... I sure hate electrical gremlins
     
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    well, the father-in-law came up, and a new starter was the wifey's birthday present.. so its all on, and ready to go.. the car oughta be runnin like a champ soon... new air filter, fuel injector cleaner ran through, new battery, new starter... up next is new plugs, new fuel filter and an oil change should finish it up for now...
     
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    Well doesn't THAT suck. :(

    Sorry, I can think of better b-day presents.
     
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    like new performance parts, eh teal?

    glad that the cars all set....should be running great once you get all that done
     
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    Your starter is a 'performance' part? I guess or the car wouldn't perform at all. :p

    I could see something cool but not a stock replacement that you wish wouldn't have gone out at all. :(
     
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    think jricky was saying that new performance parts would be better than a starter :idea:
     
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    very true, but she would rather receive it as a birthday present than have to shell out $100 for it herself.. otherwise, they weren't gonna get her nothing..
     
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    Wow. :(

    Well, I hope she has a good b-day and you get her something nice. :)
     
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    she did, her bda was the 25th of jan, so we done already celebrated.. the starter was a much needed late bonus..
     
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    Sorry, hehe, you made me think of Larry the Cable Guy or something. :mrgreen:
     
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    heh heh, oops, sometimes my kentucky shows.. :drinking:
     
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    where in kentucky are you from? i have an aunt in paducah.
     
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    Just made me smile. Don't run off because of my peanut gallery comments. :mrgreen:

    Welcome to the forum and hope you hang around!
     
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    we're in the wonderful capital city of frankfort.. its about 4 hrs from paducah (at least, maybe 5).. halfway between lexington and louisville...