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Seeing that the truck doesn't start, there is no way he could have tested the alternator.When i first heard that click i thought it meant my starter was bad so my mechanic buddy came down with some dewalt sensor or something and it read my alt was bad so he said it’s guaranteed your alt, come to find out its not.
He said multimeterSeeing that the truck doesn't start, there is no way he could have tested the alternator.
He may have assumed the alternator was bad because the battery voltage was low.
Are you sure this new battery is fully charged and that both ends of both battery cables are clean and tight ?
Thanks so much i just made the jumper wire and the starter did activate, but when i replaced the relay and tried to start it the same thing happened. No crank no start just a click. Battery is at 13.1vIf you hear the Relay in engine bay fuse box "CLICK" then everything up to that point is OK
Ignition switch-----------fuse24--------neutral switch----------relay
All this is Good
That leaves the Starter motor
1998 Engine fuse box diagram here: https://www.autogenius.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ford-ranger-fuse-box-power-distribution-1998.jpg
Relay 6 is the starter relay, the one that "CLICKS" with key in START, its the double square with the 6 inside toward the right
Pull it out
You will see these Slots in the fuse box after relay is out: http://www.gtsparkplugs.com/images/mini-relay-diode-wiring.jpg
MAKE SURE transmission is in PARK !!!!
And Key is in your pocket
Use a jumper wire to connect Slot 30 and Slot 87(not 87A) together, starter motor should activate
If not starter is for sure, 100%, dead
If starter DOES activate, replace relay
You can pullout Relay 9 and use it in place of relay 6, to get engine starting with key
Relay 9 is for the heater fan, so it won't work until you get a new relay
So i started engine and alt was running at about 14.5 and same as the battery, so i think my problem is in my starter relay right?Have someone put their finger on the starter relay(#6) in the fuse box while someone else turns the Key to START
Should feel it click
If not then another relay is making the "click" noise so problem is in the wiring to that relay
Ignition switch------X-----fuse24-----X---neutral switch----X------relay
X marks the spot, lol, so a few things to check, and there is ONLY voltage on these wires with key turned to START
You can start the engine using the Jumper wire, just have the trans IN PARK and key ON, activate starter
Then you can test if alternator is working
13v at battery should change to 14volts but under 15volts, 13.5-14.8v is the range for alternators