Was hesitating to start yesterday, today it won't start. It seems like the battery is good (dash gage reads okay anyway). I turn the key and you can hear something under the hood contact, but it doesnt turn over.
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Check the ground points. You don't need a cluster. The cluster will not turn the radio or anything else off. I don't have the ground points for the f150. You can probably find them online. Since you're having problems on the inside, look under the dash. Common points are at each side of the cabin area by the side kick panels. Also around the steering column. Any black or black/white wire will be a ground. Since the truck keeps running, the grounds under the hood are probably fine.
ok iif the instrument cluster does not work.. before i give a solution can you tell me if it have atach and temp gage not a temp gage witha idiot light but a actual temp gage.. because if temp gage and fule gage hands are not in their proper place like if yo uhave a 1/4 tank of gas and it reads way past full and the temp gage is gone out of site way past say 240 degrees then it is your speedo head .. have this trouble the other day on a chevy 2002 cavalier.. replaced the head and wahla the car started. it seems the speedo head is tied in with the computer system on these cars.. and if the tach is not working you need not worry if you cannot find a head with a built in tach.. a normal speedo head with out the tach part will also work.. just when you change the head count the pins on the old one and compare it to the new one if they match then just plug it in and car should start..
Grab a test light go down to the starter, hook to a good ground and probe the battery cable. If that has power probe the solenoid engage wire( its the little one) have a helper turn the key to start if that gets power replace the starter.
no idea without a good look myself as this sort of problem from a description is difficult to answer unless your a dealer fitter who works on these cars all day long .Sorry i cannot be of any help but all i can suggest without a good look myself is a bad earth on the relay ?? But???
IT COULD BE A BAD ALTERNATOR. JUMP START THE CAR, REMOVE THE JUMPER CABLES, PUT A VOLTMETER ON THE BATTERY. MOTOR RUNNING, VOLTAGE SHOULD READ 13.90 TO14.80. IF IT READS 13.00 OR LESS OR THE VOLTAGE STARTS DROPPING, THE ALTERNATOR IS NOT CHARGING. BEFORE BUYING AN ALTERNATOR, GET A GOOD FUSE TESTER, CHECK EVERY FUSE,, FUSEBOX UNDER THE HOOD & THE FUSEBOX INSIDE THE VEHICLE. IF ALL FUSES CHECK GOOD & BATTERY VOLTAGE IS LOW WITH MOTOR RUNNING, THE ALTERNATOR MUST BE BAD.
It sounds like the connection to your dash gage may have gone lose do to everyday vibration. If everything was running fine without any check engine or service engine soon, then it's your dash gage. Before your start your truck and the key'sare in the run possition, your gages should move up then down checking it's self. Keep a eye on that. Good luck. easy fix dubble check connection.