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Old 01-25-2014, 08:39 AM
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Working on getting a 1994 STX back on the road, its been sitting for about three years now. Battery is ok, but when you turn the key the solenoid clicks and the engine doesn't turn. HOWEVER, (this is where it gets fun) if you turn the engine over by hand, THEN try the key, it will occasionally turn over for a few times... then go back to just clicking :/

Any help would be awesome, thanks guys!
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Old 01-25-2014, 08:47 AM
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Weak starter if the batterys good.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:16 AM
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clean the battery connections.

how do you know the battery is "good"? if the truck had a "good" battery then sat for 3 years it may have a very weak charge... which is honestly what this sounds like to me. try jump starting the truck or hook a battery charger to it for a bit and see if it cranks better
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:27 AM
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X2 ^
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:32 AM
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Sitting for 3yrs is along time. I assume by now you've:
Replaced all the fluids. (fresh gas always helps)
You took the time to remove and check your plugs (add a few squirts of marvel oil into each cyl to free things up a bit more).
Check ground connections. Have a good battery on hand.
Id double check your starter for rust with a BFH and then do a starter test. I'd suspect the starter as a guess.
Hope you get it running...Fire in the hole!
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Old 01-25-2014, 12:20 PM
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I bet the starter itself is fine.
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:00 PM
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UPDATE:

The battery is a new one I stole out of my other truck, took the starter off and am going to have it check as soon as this ice storm clears up lol, gotta love Iowa...
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:15 PM
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UPDATE:

The battery is a new one I stole out of my other truck, took the starter off and am going to have it check as soon as this ice storm clears up lol, gotta love Iowa...
I bet it is fine. Next time test for power at the 2 wires. It takes 3 minutes. It you have B+ at the 2 wires it is either the connection or the starter. This is one of the easiest auto DX procedures.

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Working on getting a 1994 STX back on the road, its been sitting for about three years now. Battery is ok, but when you turn the key the solenoid clicks and the engine doesn't turn. HOWEVER, (this is where it gets fun) if you turn the engine over by hand, THEN try the key, it will occasionally turn over for a few times... then go back to just clicking :/

Any help would be awesome, thanks guys!
When you turn the engine over by hand absolutely nothing happens to the starter. You probably have a loose wire that is getting bumped.
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:51 PM
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UPDATE #2:

She's fixed! the smaller positive wire that ran to the solenoid was corroded at the contact. Wish i would've realized that BEFORE i had taken the starter off.... Lol! Thanks for the help guys!!
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