1997 ford f-150 4 wl drive small v-8,
power every where but starter will not engage when turning key,even with headlights on ,turn key to start and nothing,doesnt even effect headlights when trying,stumped, help!!!!!!!!!
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Re: starter wont engage
The problem is either the starter solinoid (located on fender near battery) or you are not getting power to the "s" terminal on the starter solinoid from the ignition switch. If you follow the positive battery cable from the battery you'll follow it to the solinoid. Remove the small wire from the terminal marked "s" on the solinoid and using a screwdriver jump from "s" terminal (not the wire) to where positive battery cable connects to solinoid. (with battery connected). If starter doesn't do anything the solinoid is bad. If starter cranks then you are not getting voltage from ignition switch through "s" terminal wire.
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Remove the small wire from the solenoid and hook up the battery. If the starter engages the solenoid is stuck. If the solenoid does not engage the starter with the small wire removed, check the small wire for a short to power.
I love my Rangers, and it sounds like you need a new starter drive, better know as the bendix. It is cheaper to buy a new starter. As far as the door locks, I would get the starter fixed first and the door lock problem may go away. sounds like the starter is dragging the power down and could cause a number of strange thing to happen. Hope I have help you solve your problem. I think It will.
I has an 86 Mustang that did a similar thing and it turned out that the battery actually shorted out. This happens when one of the plates inside the battery brakes off and then touches another plate. When mine died it was like I turned the iginition off. It wouldn't turn over even with jumper cables.
If you turn the headlights on with the car off and have an assistant watch them they should "dim" if the starter is getting current and trying to engage when you try to start the car. If they do not dim when you try to start it then the key is not giving the starter the signal to turn over. If you don't have an assistant, turn the headlights on AND the dome light and check by yourself, it just makes it more difficult.
When it won't start up or crank over, do you have headlights or other accessories? It might not be the battery at all. It might be the starter.
If you have headlights and accessories but no starter cranking, then slide under the passenger side behind the front wheel and locate the starter. Give it a couple taps with a hammer and try starting it. If it starts, the starter is the problem.
If you stop by a service shop, auto zone or O'Reillys or even a walmart auto center they can check your battery and charging system for free or a minimal cost.
If headlight do not come on, leave them on and start check ground and power.
If headlights do come on then locate the starter and fine something to tape on it, not too hard,
but before u can do this have someone set inside the car with the key turn in the start position...
usually if you have power it may be a fuel problem, when you turn your key to the on position you should hear your fuel pump come on, if not it could be the fuel pump relay under the hood or a possible bad fuel pump or bad connection on the fuel pump. hope this helps.