Ok, I have 1997 Ford Ranger, 4cyl, manual transmission, and more miles than I’d like to admit to.
Yesterday, I noticed that one of the vacuum lines was coming dangerously close to hitting the serpentine belt on the front of the engine. The clamp that normally holds the vacuum line in place rusted away a decade ago, so I decided to use some velcro ties to attach the line to the positive battery cable. I didn’t twist or pull on the cable in any way and the vacuum line isn’t applying any force to the cable.
I get in the truck a few hours later, hit the key and I get >click<, but nothing out of the starter. One click when the key is in the start position, nothing more (as opposed to click-click-click).
Not thinking about my repair earlier, I went down to Autozone and had them test the battery - 12.8V and 550CCA, no problem there.
So then, I thought well since the click is coming from the starter relay, maybe that’s where the problem is. I read on another forum that sometimes the starter relay can be resurrected temporarily by hitting it with a hammer. Which I did. And it did work!
Now the truck is starting up normally every time, but I’d like to replace whatever was bad.
My questions to you fine folks:
- Did I prove anything by hitting the starter relay with a hammer and then starting the truck?
- Should I still be looking at the battery cables?
- Should I stop hitting random parts with a hammer and take this truck down to a real mechanic before I do serious damage?