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1998 Ford Mustang electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 142001

(reported on)


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On startup, most often but not limited to after sitting overnight, engine produces a 'clicking' or 'racheting' noise. When ignition is turned to off, starter grinds and makes horrible noise as if 'starting a car that is already running'... in order to turn engine off first I must crank key to start position, where starter then grinds and whirs because engine is running, then back to off position before engine will kill. I have never driven car when car starts up with 'clicking/racheting' noise... I always turn it off and restart it. Problem occurred after 1 month of ownership and is seemingly random?... # of occurances is approx.10-15 times over 3 years... 2 different dealerships could not locate cause or reproduce problem... strange.

- Richmond, KY, USA

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