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My 1987 ford f-250 won't start

I turned the key on so that i can turn the steering wheel. i left it on all night and the next day. it ran the battery completly dead. it was left on for about 24 hours. i tried to jump start it and will not start. i am getting feul but i pulled out a spark plug to check spark. it has a weak spark. could i have burned up something by leaving it on all night?

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  • wheelin Oct 06, 2008

    thank you i will charge up the battery and try that. i will let you know if that worked.

  • wheelin Oct 07, 2008

    thanks it was hard to get started. it did and now works fine



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It sounds like your battery was so far gone that it's going to take it being actually charged up rather than jumped at this point.

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