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1987 F150 302 ci. EFI, Automatic, Was running good. Next morning NOTHING! Wouldn't start or crank over? Just clicking and buzzing, Headlights OKAY. Tried jump starting... NO GOOD. Took battery in... Was told battery low/dead cell, won't hold full charge? Bought reconditioned battery...Installed it. Still NOTHING? This time head lights took seconds to turn on? First low, dim then build up to full bright, but on? Told bad Starter Selinoid. So I decided to take out Starter Motor just to check. Took in to test. Was told turns okay but not well? So bought a reconditioned Starter Motor and New Starter Selinoid... Installed both... STILL NOTHING! Head lights still turn on slow, dim, then take a few seconds to fully turn on bright? Tried to turn and crank on... NOTHING? Head lights and dash lights GO OFF each time I CRANK ON while trying to JUMP START, NOTHING? Both dash lights and head lights GO OFF each time I try to start while jump starting with reconditoned battery and reconditioned starter motor installed. NOTHING! Told reconditioned battery must also be low? Took it in to test. Told was low and they recharged it. Took and installed it. Tried to TURN ON... STILL NOTHING! JUST CLICKING AND BUZZING! NO CRANKING OR TURNING OVER! HEADLIGHTS AND DASH LIGHTS GO OFF WHEN TRYING TO TURN ON? Again tried to JUMP START with... Reconditioned Battery, Starter Motor and, New Selinoid installed. NOTHING! Just CLICKING, and BUZZING! Headlights and Dash lights GO OFF WHILE TRYING TO JUMP START! TOLD.... BAD BATTERY GROUND CABLE? Bought NEW BATTERY GROUND CABLE, Installed. Tried to START! NOTHING! Samething... Head and dash lights go off, this time... NO CLICKING, NOTHING! Now TOLD MANY THINGS! BAD RELAY? BAD IGNITION SWITCH? EVEN ENGINE MAY BE LOCKED UP/SEIZED UP? But I asked... If may engine is locked up/ seized up... What does that have to do with my dash and head lights turning on slowly, then dim, then light up bright without my trying to turn ignition on and crank stater motor and engine on at all? Just on with head light switch alone? So I do not think my engine is locked up or seized up. Why the stater won't turn or crank enine on at all? AND YES! I know ITS TIME TO CALL IN A REAL MECHANIC! BUT LET"S FACE IT! Why are we all on here? Sites like this one? Because we do not want to pay exhorbent, high mechanic or shop fee's and prices. Because we know and hope others have gone through or, experienced the same problems and may have solved, repaired and fixed the same problem/s? So besides being TOLD, ADVIZED TO GO TO, OR SEEK OUT A PROFESSIONAL MECHANIC OR SHOP. Can someone? Who has experienced this problem tell or say how they fixed or resolved this electrical starting problem? RICK,

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Try over riding the starter relay on the fender ,it has one there right?. dont go to a mechanic yet. the engine aint seized. if it doesnt have this relay then i would get the alternator tested. if you want to test it yourself it can be costly for the right equip. autozone usually tests for free. i dont know were you live so if theres not an autozone. let me know if you cant get it tested.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009

  • josh1111 Mar 27, 2009

    it seems like you have a loose connection somwere the more i think about it. i would double check your elect connection at the starter, alternator, relay.(i dont know if you checked the relay) starter relay on the passenger side inner fender. It should be either a 3 wire or 4 wire relay. If you do have a relay on the fender, cross the 2 large terminals, if the starter engages then you need to replace that relay



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