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Wont start - Engine cranks but wont fire,petrol ok, battery ok,whereto next ?

No prior warning , Just wont start

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  • phlavs Oct 15, 2008

    I am having the same problem. Turned engine off. Come back out later and truck won't turn over. Engine cranks but engine won't start. Can wait up to an hour and try again to start engine and it sometimes will start. Problem still will reoccur without warning. New Battery

  • Anonymous Oct 17, 2008

    Battery is fine have power, but engine does not even turn over, just a clicking sound.

  • masriboyrx3 May 11, 2010

    hi there you might need to check if any water or moisture has gotten into the ecu electronic control mogule aka computer.

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Open your hood there is a little grey box on the right hand side open it up and it will have some plugbs there is a plug in the front that is a 3prong take it out and replace it, That should do the job. If no then you will need to replace them all but no worrys the cost for the I replaced was $4.00 no more then $10.00. If you can't find it let me know I will take a picture and do it that way. Don'tworry we will get it working.

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As a Ford dealer tech I found this problem was caused many times by a internally corroded positive battery cable, the only other problem is the starter motor sole3noid contacts are burnt, but this is much less common.

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