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Starter wont engage

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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  • rstawarz11 Feb 19, 2009

    there was power to cellonoid from cellonoid on firewall but starter

    would not crank till somebody banged on starter while i turned the key ,then it started everytime,i will replace starter,this is the second one in six months,

    thanks a million your info was very helpful

    Robert!!!

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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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  • jg1523 Feb 20, 2009

    You are very welcome. Glad i could help.

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