Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Yerington, Nevada
Re: remote starter solenoid just clicking....not starting
OK, Ford solenoid works THE EXACT SAME AS THE GM ONE ON THE STARTER MOTOR DOES, batt post to starter post. Basically, both, when actuated, literally move a buss bar to the bottoms of the two bolts that are the posts for batt and starter cables.
Because the solenoid actually clicks, it is trying to actuate the buss bar into the bolts, and the buss bar IS hitting the posts inside the solenoid.
BUT, there is probably enough corrosion arcing buildup on the posts and buss bar, the connection doesn't get made, or, only partially made, some percentage of the time.
To confirm this, use a large gauge jumper wire between the two large posts on the solenoid, and see if the starter works every time the solenoid is jumper'd. If so, pull the start cable off the Ford solenoid,and install an ohm meter, scale Rx1, actuate the solenoid, read the meter. There should be no resistance loss between the batt and starter posts on the Ford solenoid. If resistance is there, and/or intermittently, the posts and buss bar are dirty/ozone coated, and good contact isn't happening.
Depending on he Ford solenoid quality, some can be carefully taken apart, the buss bar flipped over, the end post bolts turned 180 degrees, making brand new contact surfaces all over again.