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My 1989 ford econoline e-150 (small v-8) won't run after charging battery

My 89 ford econoline will run for a little while after you charge the battery and then dies. new battery, new solenoid, new serpentine belt; alternator is good. ground wire used to be loose but was fixed by mechanic last week. that same night (after fixing ground), we had to get a jump to start it. while going up a hill, we turned the lights on and it died...same thing twice. jumped again and drove home with no lights. two weeks before all of this, the key began getting stuck in the ignition and it died in the parking lot (before fixing ground)....I thought it was the ground again, but we fiddled with the ignition and the dash lights popped on and the van started. not sure if this last thing is related or not. I need help!? thank you very much.

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Well I was going to ask if you have checked the alternator output, but the part about the ignition switch makes me wonder if the switch is failing. It could be damaged internally and not up to the task of carrying voltage when everything is turned on.
I would still check alternator output at the alternator and at the battery.
You should have 14 volts at idle with all accessories off.

Posted on Jan 09, 2013

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  • paul findley Jan 09, 2013

    Thank you. I removed it and took it to autozone yesterday and when they checked it, it passed. is that as good as checking the voltage because I dont have a voltage meter that does anything other than tell you there's power. thks.

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    Stephen Jan 09, 2013

    Bench testing the alternator will tell you if it is capable of working, but not if it is working on the van. You would need a meter to check output on the van.

  • paul findley Jan 09, 2013

    ok. just called them and they said that it would need a minimum of 14 volts in order to pass the test. my next question would be ignition? the ground on the starter is not loose. thank you.


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