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There are a number of issues that can go wrong with starting system and make your Ford Mustang GT car won’t start or hard time to start &#; This article guides you through some of the facts behind the starting system, and the components that may be to blame, and tells you what action you can take to try to remedy each situation.

No lights on the Ford Mustang GT dashboard

If no lights coming on in the dashboard and no other electrical consumers work, the battery could be completely dead or there is no connection between the battery and the vehicle electrical system. Check if the battery terminals look tight. If the battery is completely dead, jump starting might help.

Ford Mustang GT the key won&#;t turn in the ignition

If the key won&#;t turn in the ignition, it could be for a couple of reasons: Often this happens when the steering is locked by the ignition lock with the front wheels turned aside or when one of the front wheels is pushed against something. In this case, try turning the steering wheel left and right while gently jiggling the ignition key &#; this might help to release the steering lock.

Ford Mustang GT No Start, No Sound, No Crank when you turn the key in the ignition:

If nothing happens when you turn the ignition key to the &#;Start&#; position, it means that the starter motor doesn&#;t turn over the engine. Most commonly this could be caused by a low/dead battery or there is no connection between the battery and starter.

Check the battery and the terminal cable connections. If they look really corroded, you need to clean the battery posts and cable connectors or replace the cables and try to start the engine. Also check the starter. The solenoid attached to the top of the starter can fail, as well as the components inside. Replace starter solenoid, starter contacts, starter assembly or repair starter circuit as required.

The Ford Mustang GT car makes a clicking noise but won’t start:

If you turn the key to the &#;Start&#; position, but the engine won&#;t crank; all you hear is a single click or repeated clicking coming from the engine compartment. Very often this could be caused by a low battery or poor connection between the battery and starter.

Check the battery and the terminal cable connections. If they look really corroded, you need to clean the battery posts and cable connectors or replace the cables and try to start the engine. Also check the starter. The solenoid attached to the top of the starter can fail, as well as the components inside. Replace starter solenoid, starter contacts, starter assembly or repair starter circuit as required.

The Ford Mustang GT  engine cranks over but won’t start:

There are many possible causes, but we know it is neither a battery nor a starter problem. Just remember: a vehicle will always require air, fuel, and the ignition to operate.

Check the fuel. You may be out of fuel, or the fuel isn’t getting to your engine. If the wrong amount of fuel is being injected into the combustion chamber, or being injected at the wrong time, the engine will not start. Again, this will be a case where the engine cranks over, but will not actually run. This could be caused by a few different parts including the fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel injectors, and fuel lines. Some of those options are a stretch, but do have an effect on the system. Start with the fuel injectors, and make sure they are clean.

If it’s not a fuel problem, the electrical spark isn’t getting through to the spark plugs. Check the spark. Without spark to ignite the fuel mix in the combustion chamber, the engine will not start. It will turn over or “crank over” but will never actually run.  Spark issues are not limited to the plugs. Check the spark plug wires, the distributor or module, and plug gap. These all have a huge effect on the function of the ignition system.

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mustang 6cly won't start

You guys and your codes, geezz. I’m working on becoming an amature mechanic, I’m just not that knowledgeable yet. I can change oil, plugs, and a belt, maybe replace an alternator, starter, tension pulley. I once took the heads of a , cleaned them and put it back together. That was a mustang and it ran like a beast with a 3 speed manual trans, which I also put in along with the linkage. But, these newer engines have a lot of sensors, relays and switches that I have no experience with. Back in the day('75) if there were a problem, you’d fix or replace the first most obvious possible cause, or easiest, then try it out and if that didn’t do it you’d move on to the next most obvious probable cause. Eventually, you’d find the problem… I know this must sound crazy to some of you, but that’s how I do things.

I did check the fuel pump fuse when it didn’t start the first time. I’m not a moron, I know where the car manual and fuse box are. The fuse is a mini and there is no relay specific to the fuel pump in the fuse box under the hood. So thinking the plugs are so old they’re burnt beyond use,

I replaced the plugs first. The car has , miles and they looked like original plugs. Good call, the plugs needed replacing, but that didn’t fix the problem…
Next, I replaced the fuel pump and while I was there I replaced the fuel filter too. Good call again because the fuel pump wasn’t starting when the ignition was turned to 1st position, I couldn’t hear it. The fuel filter looked like it had been there, untouched for 12 years. So now I have a “new” fuel filter, and a “new” fuel pump that starts when the ignition is turned to the 1st position, I can hear it. These two items are no longer the cause of the problem, and the car runs now…

As I said, I hope that this solves the problem, but some of you are still skeptical. Tell me, what do you want me to do? Where is the love a good job trouble shooting and fixing my car myself? I guess I’m here alone and I’ll have to pat myself on the back to get any recognition…

The car starts and runs, for how long only time will tell. But for now, I’m totally satisfied. I know it’s put together right because I did it myself and I saved a ton cash by not leaving it at Ford. If it doesn’t start one morning, then I move on to the next most obvious probable cause… whatever that is and as crazy as that sounds.

Thankx for all your comments and advise.

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Engine will not crank over?

  • L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • 65, MILES
Car was fine, then it suddenly would not start. The battery is fine, no clicking, but it will not crank at all. Unfortunately, this happened a couple days before major neck surgery, so now it has been sitting idle in the garage for seven months. Help? I tried the starter relay, but that is not it. I cannot spend a lot on replacement parts only to find they are not the issue.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, May 10th, AT AM
Make sure the battery is fully charged and in good condition including a load test. Make sure terminal ends are clean then try resetting security system if no manual look online for your car on how to reset it.
Tuesday, May 10th, AT PM
Here is a link to an informative article from this site with step by step instructions and pictures on what to check for when your vehicle will not crank over.
I hope this helps you. Thank you for visiting 2CarPros.com.

Tuesday, May 10th, AT PM
Replaced the starter cost me $
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • , MILES
While driving, my car chugged twice then died. I am unable to restart the car, the engine won't even turn over. We have checked the battery and starter, both needed replacement. All dash lights and headlights work, and we are getting power to the starter (tested with a volt meter). The battery terminals are clean and we have tested the relay and checked the fuses. Suggestions? Does this sound like an electrical or engine problem?
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Wont start, engine will not turn over

This guide will help us get started.


If it cranks over the starter has done its job. Try carb cleaner in the throttle body-did it start and stall? If so check the fuel pressure and comeback with the readings
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
No, it doesnt turn over at all. I turn the key and get "click". Thats it.
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
Earlier you said you're getting power at the starter-have a helper put key to start position and bang on the starter if it kicks and engages the engine -defective starter.
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
We've tried that, with the old starter and the brand new one (installed last night), no luck. Thanks for your prompt answers. Much quicker than I had anticipated!
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
You might want to triple check the battery condition and its connection make sure its clean and tighten, also at the starter relay and starter
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • 90, MILES
First problem I had was a battery issue. I fixed that and then the car turns a second then locks up. We have changed the starter also, but it is doing the same thing. I have never had a motor do this. My car is the Bullitt model.
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
We can check those off the list, too. Unfortunately we've previously had no luck with those suggestions either
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
Can you turn the engine 2 to /2 full revolutions, in its normal direction with the key off?

Using a ratchet or a wrench on the harmonic balancer bolt? (Picture of my Jeep CJ-5 6 cylinder below).

Other than a mechanical issue or failure, coolant in a cylinder (head gasket) cannot be compressed and will show your symptoms.

Removing the plugs and turning it might verify this possibility.

Any recent abnormal issues happen prior to this?

The Medic
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Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
Okay find the transmission range sensor left rear side of transmission check for power at the red and light blue wire-nothing there check fuse no.6 20amp at central junction box behind dash left of steering column. Then report back
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
I will give that a try in the morning. Car sat for a while, which is why the battery was dead. Hooked the jump box to it and it started. Though it did do this at this point. Possible symptoms of a starter going back so we changed it. When you turn the key it turns over very short and then whole engine jumps like it would be locking up. Prior to this no real issues. Use to be my daily driver.
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
I am at work now, will check when I get home. Thanks again!
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
Keep us posted.

The Medic
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
They are both ok
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
This is number 5 mustang with the same problem. Did you get it fixed?What was it?
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 93, MILES
Occasionally car wont crank over. Ive got power to everything. When I turn the key nothing happens. After a few minutes it usually starts right up. Car runs great and has never given me any problems until now. Im not sure if ive got a lose wire on the starter? If there is a swith on the clutch pedal that may be going bad since the clutch pedal has to be depressed for the car to start? Ignition switch going bad? Any ideas? Please help!
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)
Did you ever find out what is happening to your car?I happen to have the same problem
Wednesday, November 13th, AT PM (Merged)

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Ford Mustang 40th Anniversary Edition won&#;t start or turn over

For what it’s worth, you can easily determine which side of the starting circuit is the issue.

  • If you have an auto trans make sure the car is in park.
  • If you have a manual trans make sure the car is in neutral, and e-brake is engaged.

Look in the engine compartment relay box and find the starter relay. Pull the relay and look for the diagram on the side of the relay. When you identify the (usually two) pins that switch the circuit (not the control side of the relay) use a paperclip and momentarily jump them at the fuse/relay box under the hood to start the car (make sure your key is inserted and turned to the ‘on’ position before doing a relay bypass).

If it starts: than you know the battery, terminals, cables, trigger wire, ground, starter, key (if it has a chip) and ignition switch are OK.

I should have done this first recently, and didn’t; I wasted time and money on a Mustang V6 (manual trans) no start/turn-over condition. After performing the aforementioned troubleshooting, I was easily able to determine that it was the clutch safety switch that had failed; if you have an automatic, check the park/neutral safety switch for a failure.

Lastly, after determining the issue with the CSS - it was easily bypassed by shunting the CSS circuit with another paperclip after pulling the plug (till the new switch comes in).

Returned the starter, and saved big. Win. GL!

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Wont 2000 start mustang

Ford Mustang won&#;t start &#; causes and how to fix it

Ford Mustangis a reliable road companion, but its a machine with hundreds of interconnected parts, and like any other machine it sometimes fail to deliver normal operation. In this article we go through most common causes of Mustang&#;s breakdown and how you can fix the problem.

The most common causes that hinders normal starting operation of your Mustang are dead key fob battery, dead 12v battery, corrosion on battery terminals, bad alternator, clogged fuel filter, broken starter, blown fuse, empty gas tank, immobilizer error or any fault in the electrical system.

1. Weak Battery

If your Mustang&#;s engine won&#;t crank or cranks very slowly, then the most likely culprit is a weak or dead 12v battery. Investigating more closely and doing a battery voltage test will clarify whether the starting problem is due to the battery. A test can be done to measure the voltage between the battery poles, check the acid level and assess the condition of the starter battery.

If a new car battery has been installed, the battery may not have yet reached its full capacity. There is nothing to worry about. A new battery only develops its full capacity over time.

Test 12v battery

The voltage of the battery on your Ford Mustang can be measured precisely with a multimeter. Before the test, the multimeter is set to the voltage range of the battery and connected to its plus and minus poles. Successful testing of the car battery, i.e. checking the voltage, usually results in values ​​of approx. 12 to 13 volts. Values ​​above 14 or below volts require an expert assessment of the condition of the car battery. Because the battery may have a defect with these measured values ​​and must be replaced.

Jump start Ford Mustang

If dead battery is the reason for the breakdown of your Mustang, you can easily jump start it using jumper cables and a healthy battery from another vehicle, or using a battery booster if available.

First connect red cable to the positive terminal of your Mustang&#;s dead battery, then to the positive terminal of donor battery. Next connect black cable to the negative terminal of donor battery, then to the bare metal in the engine bay of your Mustang. Start the donor vehicle and then your Mustang. Remove the cables in reverse order.

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2. Corrosion on battery

Corrosion on the contacts of your car battery leads to loss of contact and reduced current flow, which means that your engine can no longer start properly.

To know if your Mustang&#;s starting problems are from dirty battery contacts, you need to investigate them. If you lift the rubber covers over the two battery terminals, you can check the terminals for corrosion. If you discover white deposits or silvery-green deposits, but no further cracks or damage, you do not have to replace the battery, just clean it.

Clean battery corrosion

To clean the battery on your Ford Mustang, you have to remove the pole cables first, which requires no special knowledge, just a little concentration, as the order is very important. First remove the black cable from the negative pole. If the pole clamp is very tight, you can open it with pliers. We advise against using metal pliers, but if you use them, you must make sure that you do not touch any other parts of the body. Next you can unplug the red positive pole cable. Once the battery has been removed from the circuit, you can start cleaning the corroded battery. After cleaning, reconnect the terminals.

3. Weak key fob battery

If your Mustang has push start/stop button, then its possible that your vehicle may not start due to weak key fob battery. Don&#;t worry, you can still start your vehicle &#; the battery is only used to send the signal for locking/unlocking. If the key fob battery is empty, the door no longer locks or unlocks at the push of a button. The doors must then be opened manually. The immobilizer is controlled by a passive transponder. Passive means, among other things, that the transponder in the key does not need its own power source.

How to start Ford Mustang with dead key fob battery

If you have a model of Mustang which only has a key fob with start/stop button and no place to insert a key, then try placing your key fob as close to the start/stop button as you can and then start the vehicle. If it doesn&#;t work, then look in your vehicle&#;s operational manual for exact location of key fob placement, as it may vary depending on model.

Tip: You can try starting your Mustang with its second key. It will also rule out any other problem with the first key, for example, water damage.

4. Broken starter motor

A starter is a motor for starting the engine of your Mustang. The average life of a starter motor is about , to , miles, and the life will be shortened if the engine is started more frequently. In any case, since the starter motor also has a limited life, it will break down after using the car for a long time, and if the starter motor breaks down, the engine will not start.

Symptom: When you turn the key to start the engine of your Mustang, you will hear a clicking sound, which is the sound of a bad starter motor. And if the starter motor does not work with a healthy battery, suspect a malfunction of the starter.

If the starter fails, it usually needs to be replaced with a new one.

Temporary fix for starter

If the engine does not start due to the starter, the engine may start if you turn the key while hitting the starter motor with something like a stick or metal tool. This workaround is effective when the parts inside the starter are stuck together or the gears are slightly out of alignment.

However, it is possible that the starter is nearing the end of its life, so it is recommended that you have it inspected at a dealer or maintenance shop.

5. Defective alternator

An alternator is a generator that produces electricity. If your Mustang&#;s alternator fails, it will not be able to produce electricity and the battery will not be able to charge. Therefore, even if you think that the cause of the engine not starting is a battery failure and replace the battery, the battery will soon run out and the engine will not start.

Alternators rarely break down. In particular, modern cars have improved performance, so it is said that they will last , to , miles. Still, it can break down depending on how you use it, and in the case of a used car, the alternator may be quite old. Don’t let your guard down.

If the alternator breaks down, it must be replaced with a new alternator.

6. Clogged fuel filter

The fuel filter of your Mustang does not wear out like a mechanical part, but it gets clogged by dirt and airborne particles and clogs over time. The permeability of the filter drops, and so does the fuel pressure. To a certain extent this doesn’t matter, but if the fuel filter is too dirty, the engine will no longer perform at full capacity and in some instance may not start at all. Cleaning is not possible, you can only change the filter.

7. Fuel pump failure

If your Mustang’s fuel pump fails, then the engine won’t start. The pump normally ensures that the necessary amount of fuel is passed from the tank to the injection system of the engine with sufficient pressure.

Before your fuel pump stops working, it usually becomes noticeable: if your car’s engine breaks down from time to time, the car is difficult to start, the engine jerks a little or the engine performance drops, you should have your pump checked.

Wear or contamination of the pump can be the reason for this. If the pump is leaking, a power contact is broken, a line or a pump lever is broken, the fuel pump is usually also noticeable before failure. You can have a defective fuel pump replaced in your workshop.

8. Blown fuse

In rare cases, a blown fuse could also be the culprit in the breakdown of your Mustang. Check all fuses in the fuse box essential for starting the engine. But, be careful when lending a hand yourself to the fuse box! The box is under power and repairs or tests should always be done in a workshop.

9. Defective spark plugs

Without functioning spark plugs, the engine will not start. The spark plugs themselves are often not affected by a defect. Instead, plug connections on the ignition system come loose. If only one plug is actually loose, you can fix the problem yourself on site. If a spark plug has failed, it must be replaced in the workshop.

Rodent damage

Rodent damage can be another reason why your Ford Mustang won’t start. The animals crawl under the vehicle and bite through cables and wires. In principle, this can affect all vehicle systems such as the fuel supply, the oil supply or the power supply.

The rodent damage can usually be seen quickly by looking into the engine compartment. The damage caused by the rodent bite can be repaired in the workshop. Be prepared for relatively high costs here.

Engine failure

Although very rare, but it can also be the cause of the breakdown of your Mustang. If a vehicle has an engine failure, then nothing works anymore. It is not uncommon for the driver of a vehicle to be responsible for such damage. Typical causes include tearing of the timing belt, incorrect fueling, insufficient oil, hydrolock, overheating of the engine, or continuous driving in an excessive speed range.

Only an experienced mechanic can diagnose engine failure in a workshop.

Use OBD2 scanner for diagnosis

Since Ford Mustang is equipped with on-board diagnostics (OBD), a fault diagnosis can provide initial indications of where the malfunction is located.

To begin troubleshooting, you must first connect the diagnostic tool to your Mustang. The OBDII connector is usually located under the dashboard. With the wire connected, you should turn the ignition on. But be careful not to start the engine. Most diagnostic devices then ask for some information about the vehicle. It is important that you enter this % correctly, otherwise the result of the search may be falsified. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer and model, you usually also have to type in the engine and vehicle ID number. For exact troubleshooting, always check whether the information is correct.


There are many reasons why your Mustang may not start. When looking for the trigger, it is advisable to use the exclusion principle and only start with the most obvious cause, the empty battery.

In any case, it is advisable for laypersons to call a breakdown service or a workshop. In the event of a defect, the latter can directly initiate the repair.

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