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Old 09-05-2017, 03:54 PM
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Default 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks. So i came out and got in the truck and tried to start it and nothing so took the battery out and charged it and had it tested and it was bad so i got a new one and installed it and now the starter just clicks. Checked all the fuses and wires everything seemed fine so i pulled the starter and as far as i can tell it still works but is pretty worn so i will put a new one in. Is there anything elese i can check to make sure that the starter is the problem?
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:27 PM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

update had more time to work on the truck and decided to put a breaker bar on the dampener bolt and see if the engine would turn over and it wouldnt budge. Does the transmission need to be in neutral to turn the engine over or is the engine seized?
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Old 09-06-2017, 06:53 AM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

Having the trans in park (or any other gear) should allow the engine to turn. There is no mechanical connection between the engine and drive train on an automatic transmission truck.
It sounds like your engine is locked.
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Old 09-06-2017, 06:59 AM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

Is the truck just parked somewhere that you drove it to with no problems? A bit of backstory might help here.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:17 AM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

Sounds like the cam synic. strikes again.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:40 AM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

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Sounds like the cam synic. strikes again.
So is the motor done or is there a way to break it free? The truck will never see a free way or nothing it belongs to my grandpa who just puts around his farm so all it really needs to do is run
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Old 09-06-2017, 02:45 PM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

The cam synic is on the passenger side in the top rear of motor. it has one wire that goes to coil. pull it out and see if you can turn motor. if its not seized there are videos on how to remove and install. When they fail it no longer turns the oil pump. if you get lucky and can turn it get a motorcraft cam synic. from rockauto, they have the best prices about 100.00. if its seized its V8 swap time. If you are to replace the motor you will need your vin # and build date. That should be in the door jam. they will need to know up through 7/26/99 or 7/27/99 on. good luck. I took mine out and the teeth were all eaten away. motor locked up.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:49 PM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

Check the coolant in the radiator, if its low it might be in a cylinder, therefor keeping the engine from turning, cause would be bad head gasket.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:55 PM
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Default Re: 99 ford ranger 3.0 4x4 automatic wont crank just clicks.

If you want to turn the engine over manually, pull the spark plugs. Eliminating the compression will make it a lot easier to turn.

And it is pretty easy to pull the starter and test it yourself. With the starter on the ground, hook jumper cables from a good battery, positive to the terminal, negative to the body.
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