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    1998.5 svt

    I replaced my tranny and went for a test drive and everything was good,
    i parked it for about an hour and then went to move my car out of the driveway and the car will not crank, there is a tick that i may hear coming from the engine fuse box but i checked all my fuses and did not see
    anything bad. i tried to jump it but still could not even get a tick or try.

    any ideas?
    1998.5 T-red SVT #4689
    00' silfro *wrecked*
    99' black se sport
    00' t-red se *sold 4-25-06

  • #2
    RE: car wont start

    hey bud im not to sure what it could be but try checking the starter and the wires to it.or maybe the safety switch for the clutch pedal. hope i help!
    -1999 Ford Contour LX Zetec 187K (R.I.P.)
    "whoosshhh... yea i just passed you"
    -1998 Ford Contour SVT Black 157k #0910 of 6535
    -2000 Ford Contour SE Zetec 166K

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    • #3
      where is the safety switch for the clutch?
      starter wires from what i see all look good,
      car will pop start i found out
      1998.5 T-red SVT #4689
      00' silfro *wrecked*
      99' black se sport
      00' t-red se *sold 4-25-06

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      • #4
        If its like the manuals i have dealt with, it should be right behind the clutch pedal. I know on my nissan its a black push button that sticks out.

        Does the car crank at all?
        Current ride : 2k ford ranger
        Is this better Harry?

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        • #5
          no crank at all or even a tick from the starter like a dead battery, but i am showing 12 volts and i know it was charged
          1998.5 T-red SVT #4689
          00' silfro *wrecked*
          99' black se sport
          00' t-red se *sold 4-25-06

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          • #6
            Might be a lost cause, but have you tried to jump the car?

            And if there is no tick or anything, the starter sounds like its bad..my starter went out and it didn't make a sound. I could still push start it however, and so can you. Take the starter out and take it to autozone and get it tested. If the gear looking thing pops out during the test, then its good.
            Current ride : 2k ford ranger
            Is this better Harry?

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            • #7
              If I touch the starter with a screwdriver I can get it to work that way
              1998.5 T-red SVT #4689
              00' silfro *wrecked*
              99' black se sport
              00' t-red se *sold 4-25-06

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              • #8
                It was a loose bolt on my starter!
                1998.5 T-red SVT #4689
                00' silfro *wrecked*
                99' black se sport
                00' t-red se *sold 4-25-06

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                • #9
                  awesome man glad to see your issue was fixed!!!
                  -1999 Ford Contour LX Zetec 187K (R.I.P.)
                  "whoosshhh... yea i just passed you"
                  -1998 Ford Contour SVT Black 157k #0910 of 6535
                  -2000 Ford Contour SE Zetec 166K

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                  • #10
                    Which bolt was loose? I might be having the same problem

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                    • #11
                      Small 8mm I believe
                      1998.5 T-red SVT #4689
                      00' silfro *wrecked*
                      99' black se sport
                      00' t-red se *sold 4-25-06

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                      • #12
                        Starters on these cars especially seem to be VERY finicky with bad wiring/loose wires.. I know in 3 different cars I have had issues..My current SVT wont start withouth something grounding from the Starter bracket.
                        Black/Tan #0719 SVT..Gone to heaven
                        Black/Tan #2013 SVT..being built/driven
                        Green/Cloth 98 Zetec, Atx, Mystique..Gone
                        Tan/Tan leather 99 Mystique LS V6 ATX...Daily Driver

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                        • #13
                          Yeah but I know that a not my problem because if I jump the black and grey wire to the positive terminal it starts up. My issue is the fuse box. I have power going in but doesn't get to the relay.

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                          • #14
                            Had a similar issue with my 98 SVT yesterday. Turned the key and nothing. Couldn't even hear an audible click from a solenoid. Found the problem and thought I would post here in case it helps anybody else.
                            ​The issue I found was the 10-12GA single wire weatherpack connector that is located at the power distribution block on the engine side of the battery box. The connector itself is right by the positive battery terminal. The issue I had is that the pin itself had corroded and broke so the signal wire had no connection. Easy fix and this info might help somebody in the future.

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