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1994F-150 will not start

My truck willnot start but I can run a jump wire from the small post on the starter relay to the small post on the starter and it will start every time.What is my problem?

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  • daniel cupp Oct 09, 2008

    Thanks bob for the reply I will let you know if that fixes my starting problem when I get a chance to try it. Again Thanks Steve

  • Anonymous Feb 16, 2009

    I have the same problem but the red wire from the battery to the starter gets really hot & the starter will not turn over - just clicks. Where exactly is that fuse link ? It's a 1994 F150, 6 cylinders.





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There is a fusible link, in the wire from the battery to the starter. possibly it is melted out, the wire replaces the link
possibly the starter switch has a dud connection, so when you turn to start there is no current
not a guarantee, something to check

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I have a 1998 Ford F-150. It will not start. Battery seems to be ok. Lights, radio, and horn works well. Had alternator changed about 3 years ago. Thinking that the starter may be the trouble.

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My 1995 ford f-150 makes a clackeing noise when i try to start i have replaced the starter and it worked for two weeks and replaced the positve wireing what could it be

You may be having problems with the Starter Relay. There is a small wire on the Relay which runs back to the Ignition switch. If you put a testlight on the end of this wire and turn the Ignition key to START, there should be a steady current going to this small wire. If the testlight cuts out, the Ignition switch is bad. If the testlight works every time, then most likely the Starter relay is bad.

Or you can just change the Starter Relay and forget testing the small wire. You might want to go to Autozone, Oreillys or Advance for a starter Draw test of the new starter after you replace the Relay. Then have them do a test for the Battery to see if it is shorting under a load.

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My 96 ford explorer won't start. it comes on, lights inside work, battery's good. when i try to start it, the engine won't turn over. what do u think is wrong?

Try bypassing the Starter Relay. You can use a tool to jump across the terminals, but if you have a jumper cable just go from the battery side of the switch to the starter side.

There will be sparks, and the tool or cable will heat up, but if the Starter does not turn with normal speed; the Starter is bad or the main cable connection on the starter is corroded under the vehicle.

If the Starter does turn with normal speed, get a test light or Voltmeter and take off the small wire on the Relay post. Its usually in the middle of the Relay. Connect 1 end of your test equipment to a ground and the other to the small wire. Then turn the Ignition Key to Start. The test equipment should show power in the small wire.

If you have power in the small wire, then the Starter Relay is bad. The Relay is not connecting the power to the Starter. Replace the Relay.

You should be fixed by now. If you are not getting power to the small wire, you need to inspect the Interlock switch under the dash by the Brake pedal lever. There are 2 safety modes in your vehicle. The Interlock stops the starter from working if you are not in Park or Neutral. The switch is often hit by feet or gets out of adjustment through use. Adjust or replace the Interlock switch.

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I'm not getting any fire to my starter. All the lights and the radio work. I've replaced the ignition switch but it's still not working. What other options do I have?

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Check your Starter Relay, its on the Firewall. The small wire is from the Keyswitch. You can unplug the small wire and jump the post with 12 volts. It will either crank with the jump or the Starter Relay is bad. Use jumper cables and bypass the Relay and see if the Starter is grounded out. It will arc like crazy, but if the starter does not turn over when you feed it directly, the wires or the Starter is bad..

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