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No Power and Will Not Crank by labbe001
Started on: 09-07-2013 12:24 PM
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Hi Guys,
I got my 87 GT out of the garage this morning to carry it for a wheel alignment. It was stumbling really badly and I realized that it was very low on gas. I fueled her up and was ready to head to the tire shop. When I tried to crank back up, there was a click and everything died; no power at all to the car. The interior lights were not on or anything...I checked the battery to make sure it had a good connection. Just to be sure, I unhooked it and hooked it back up. As soon as the battery made connection, I noticed that the interior lights came back on. I tried to crank it and again, it clicked and immediately died.
Long story short, I noticed that if I disconnect power for a few seconds that the electrical power of the car is restored. But as soon as I try to crank it, there is a click and then nothing...no electrical power and will not turn over. I thought it may be the starter but would that cause the electrical power to go out? Thanks Guys...

Edit: to add that it is an 87GT, Manual Transmission, all stock..

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ok....so i went outside to take another look around the engine bay and to wait on replies to my post.....and found my problem...lol

i had a loose connection on the ground side of the battery....guess sometimes it's easy to overlook the simple things...lol

thanks
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Originally posted by labbe001:

ok....so i went outside to take another look around the engine bay and to wait on replies to my post.....and found my problem...lol

i had a loose connection on the ground side of the battery....guess sometimes it's easy to overlook the simple things...lol

thanks


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Many times dirty or corroded battery connections will do this. What happens is the battery cable only touches the battery terminal in one spot. All the other spots are corroded and don't connect. Attempting to crank the engine burns that spot. That is the noise you hear from the battery. Removing the cables, wire brushing the surfaces and reattaching them usually clears the problem.

 
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Hi Guys,
I got my 87 GT out of the garage this morning to carry it for a wheel alignment. It was stumbling really badly and I realized that it was very low on gas. I fueled her up and was ready to head to the tire shop. When I tried to crank back up, there was a click and everything died; no power at all to the car. The interior lights were not on or anything...I checked the battery to make sure it had a good connection. Just to be sure, I unhooked it and hooked it back up. As soon as the battery made connection, I noticed that the interior lights came back on. I tried to crank it and again, it clicked and immediately died.
Long story short, I noticed that if I disconnect power for a few seconds that the electrical power of the car is restored. But as soon as I try to crank it, there is a click and then nothing...no electrical power and will not turn over. I thought it may be the starter but would that cause the electrical power to go out? Thanks Guys...

Edit: to add that it is an 87GT, Manual Transmission, all stock..


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