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2004 f150 starter wont start

When it's -20degrees the starter wont turn over, but when it warms to -10 degrees it will start. I replaced the starter, thinking this will help but it does the same thing.

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  • karenrod Jan 28, 2009

    I put in a new battery rated at 875cca the next day it still won't start. As far as having electronic devices, I only have XM radio and most of the time it is off.

  • karenrod Jan 29, 2009

    I found out there is a tsb on the wire that goes to the starter that was made with bad wire. Ford sells a new wiring kit to fix the problem. Hopefully this works!!

  • berrymatisse Jan 30, 2009

    i just replaced the battery and it started up. that night temp. dropped and my truck wouldn't start. when it warmed back up the next morning, it started right up. now its cold today and it wont start. the starter just clicks but wont turn.99 f150

  • Jerry Koski
    Jerry Koski May 11, 2010

    has the starter been taken off and lubricated ? if so maybe too stiff of lub was put on it ? maybe it needs cleaned and put back dry or with a powder type lub .



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First a couple of questions. 1. How old is the battery or has it been replaced? 2. Do you have a lot of electronics in your vehicle? Most importantly what is the cold cranking amp rating of your battery? The CCA rating is stamped on your battery and for your F150 varies quite a bit in choices if you have added electronics, leave your phone or gps plugged in or your radar detector ect. The colder the temp the more cranking amps you need and the problem is compounded with any extra load or if your battery was replaced with one with less CCAs. Your F150 could probably use a battery with a least 875 CCAs. More if you have lots of electronic stuff. If you live in the far north where the temps are routinely that cold then you should consider a fluid circulation pump known as a block heater that plugs into an ac outlet to keep your engine warmer and prevent freezing and thick oil problems especially if you have to park outside. Good Luck

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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    Jim London Jan 28, 2009

    Well by now you have figured out there could be lots of reasons so you have to keep on it. What oil are you using? Regular or synthetic? and what weight oil 10-30 20-50 ? The higher the second number the thicker the oil will get when cold and worse when the oil gets older. This usually happens when a southern vehicle is taken north, the fluids and lubricates need to be looked at, the antifreeze needs to be a stronger mix the oil viscosity lower ect all of the things mentioned occur in colder temps and the colder it gets the worse the these things get. And like I mentioned before the common fix to all of these items is a block heater. Good Luck!



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