It is that time of year again, when I get all excited about getting the Mustang out of the barn. But I have one small problem. I cannot get it to start. When I turn the ignition, all I get is a loud clicking sound. I know it is not the battery becuase I have taken a portable jumper out there and it still does the same thing, besides the head lights are still very bright. That leaves me with the starter or solenoid. My grandfather, who is more mechanically inclined than I am, said I should get a tire iron and "bang" on the starter while someone tries to start it. If that does not work he said I should take a set of jumper cables and run one cable from the positive side of the battery to the power connector on the starter, causing a by-passing of the solenoid. My questions are:
1) How hard is a "bang". Would a light tap do it, or should I put some force behind it?
2) The by-passing of the solenoid sounds great and all, but I have no clue on how to do it. Should I disconnect the power cable to the starter, then connect the jumper cables?
3) If none of this works, can I simply push it up the hill and let it roll down in second gear then pop the clutch?
Can anyone enlighten me on how to do this? I really do not want my first ride of the spring in my baby to be on the back of the flatbed.
Thanks in advance