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I have a 2003 350 Rancher, manual transmission that has been sitting a while. I charged the battery and it started immediately. I tried it a couple of more times and then heard a spark like crack and it would not start anymore. The Neutral light will not come on anymore when I turn the key on, but the unit will start when I pull manually, although all of the lights blink.

Is this a battery problem or can someone please help?

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Hard to say, but you can test it with a voltmeter and see what it shows. It should show around 12-13v without load, and no less than 11.5v under load. Anything less than that, the battery is shot.
 

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Hard to say, but you can test it with a voltmeter and see what it shows. It should show around 12-13v without load, and no less than 11.5v under load. Anything less than that, the battery is shot.
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I have a 2003 350 Rancher, manual transmission that has been sitting a while. I charged the battery and it started immediately. I tried it a couple of more times and then heard a spark like crack and it would not start anymore. The Neutral light will not come on anymore when I turn the key on, but the unit will start when I pull manually, although all of the lights blink.

Is this a battery problem or can someone please help?

Thanks
I agree with Pain, check your battery. Also, check the battery cable connections to make sure they're clean and tight, because sometimes when you get a pop or crack like you're describing and then you loose power, you have a bad connection somewhere, usually at the battery terminals. I would take them off and clean them, because sometimes it's hard to tell if they're corroded or not, by just looking at them.
 

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Well, checked the battery and it read about 5 Volts. Sounds like that is the issue. Thanks for your help.
 

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Well, checked the battery and it read about 5 Volts. Sounds like that is the issue. Thanks for your help.
Yep, sounds like that's the problem.
 
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