Help me diagnose my 1979 Ford Pickup.
March 15, 2011 1:34 PM Subscribe
I have a 1979 Ford F100, which once belonged to my father. Since he passed away, it's served as a backup vehicle for an array of relatives, and now it's my turn. Yesterday, I got into the truck and turned the key, and I heard a single "clunk" (not a click-click-click), as if something started moving and then froze up. I tried again, with the same result. The next time, I got a kind of whirring sound, like something spinning free. It's a continuous whirring, rather than a series of attempts to catch. Lights and radio work fine. Jumping it didn't help. I didn't try to roll it off, because I'm loathe to leave it at the bottom of the hill in my slighty sketchy neighborhood; I'll probably try that this weekend, when I can get some help. The battery is relatively new. It started easily up until yesterday.
posted by steambadger to travel & transportation (10 answers total)
I have some experience with cars that won't start; I know what a dead or weak battery sounds like, and so on, but I've never heard this combination of distress calls.
Also, maybe of interest: when I got the truck, the fuel system was clogged with gunk, and I had it cleaned out and replace the gas tank and the carburetor. Don't know if that's relevant or not.
Any advice appreciated.