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F-150 battery crackeling and some smoke when i try to start it, starter is good and new solenoid installed

Truck "died," while trying to re-start solenoid was making clicking noise,after getting it started voltage indicator needle was wagging back and forth,interior light dimming off and on. replaced with another battery and when ignition switch turned on to the start position,crackeling and smoke arose from the neg terminal,switch was turned off when tried again smoke and crackeling from positive terminal. solenoid has been replaced,battery and starter have been checked at local Auto Zone all good,but continues to crackle and smoke when trying to start

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    loosechange5 Jan 07, 2013

    Thanks to David and John ended up replacing the ground cable from the battery to the frame all good Ford up and running

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I would start by checking grounding straps to the engine for corrosion and or damage. These are usually found on the underside of the engine, and are typically just metal braid. Make sure one is not damaged, especially if the vehicle has travelled off-road. I know this sounds dumb but here goes: Make sure red is on POS(+) and black is on NEG(-) when it come to the battery. Sorry. Make sure all the solenoid connections are hooked up correctly, and finnally check all battery connections are tight, especially with side-post terminals. Best of Luck!

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Testimonial: "thanks David, did all cept the grounding straps,headed back out to try that."

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Check for ground wiring on chassis, starting relay.

Posted on Jan 03, 2013

Testimonial: "thanks John will check the grounding straps"

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