97 XLT Starting Problem

Discussion in '1993 - 1997 Ford Ranger' started by dhull213, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. dhull213

    dhull213 New Member

    My son has a 97 XLT 4 cyl, auto that has an intermittent problem with starting. When he turns the key, the truck either starts right off, or he gets a single click and nothing further. The battery is fully charged. If he waits 15 minutes or so, it will often start right up as if nothing was wrong.

    I've noticed that it happens more on cold days or days when it has been raining, so I suspect that there is some sort of short that is exploited with moisture from rain or condensation. I had to pick him up at work the other night when it was raining because it wouldn't start. The next day we returned after the sun had warmed the truck up and it started right up.
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  3. mfernandes

    mfernandes Simply...FORD

    Starter solenoid, 99% sure

    The previous owner of my truck, for some reason, replaced the original with a brazilian one. I had the same issues you mention.
    Ordered a new Motorcraft starter solenoid, installed it an viola! PROBLEM SOLVED!

    Its located under the Hood, LF fender between the battery and the relay box

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