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1985 ford f 350 460 ci gas motor. Battery jump with cables backwards. Now I have no power to starter. Have changed solenoid and still no power to starter. Does nothing when starting

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Starter switch diffective, give direct positive to solenoid coil and check

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SOURCE: 2000 Ford Contour Sport won't start

if there is another solonoid itll be in line with the main power cable coming from the starter.follow the starter power cable from the starter to the battery if you dont see anything inline it probably doesnt have one.your problem could also be a ground problem........try running a wire from the starter case to the neg batterty terminal........a set of booster cables is the easiest way to do this.........dont short the pos and neg terminals though

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SOURCE: no power to starter motor solenoid

Jump starting should not cause any problem with the starter solenoid unless the battery terminals are real corroded, and the jumper cables dislodged any connection that may have been made through the corrosion.

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SOURCE: I have a 1985 Ford F250,automatic,460,4x4. I have

Definately sounds like an ignition problem. Try changing the ignition control module on the driver's side fender well.

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You have a bad ignition switch, mounted in the back of the lock cylinder housing.

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No Turning of the engine: Starter tested~Good, Battery Tested~Good, Changed the Park/Neutral Switch, but still no response. When I turn the key, I get all the lights and sounds, but the motor will not even...


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I have a 1985 F150 that keeps using up Starter Solenoids. Can I get a more powerful solenoid or is there another problem that is causing this?


There is no power to a solenoid. The small ignition wire simply energizes a plunger so there is contact between the larger battery cables. (assuming that is still the remote mounted solenoid. Still basically the same thing with a starter mounted solenoid).
A weak battery can kill a starter/solenoid. Have it tested.
If you can get your hands on an inductive type ammeter you can also check on the current draw of the starter. Testing a starter on a bench when its free and not turning a motor does not much good.
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Assuming your battery is properly charged and has a good connection, it's your starter solenoid (relay) that has failed.

The starter solenoid receives a large electric current from the car battery and a small electric current from the ignition switch. When the ignition switch is turned on, a small electric current is sent to the starter solenoid. This causes the starter solenoid to close a pair of heavy contacts, thus relaying a large electric current to the starter motor, which in turn sets the engine in motion.

If a starter solenoid receives insufficient power from the battery, it will fail to start the motor, and may produce a rapid clicking or clacking sound. The lack of power can be caused by a low or dead battery, by corroded or loose connections in the battery cable, or by a damaged positive (red) cable from the battery. Any of these problems will result in some, but not enough, power being sent to the solenoid, which means that the solenoid will simply make a clicking sound, rather than setting the starter motor in motion.

If these items are all okay, it is likely you need to replace the solenoid.

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My dad's 1986 Ford F250 pickup, 460 CI won't start, no lights,


It could only be a couple of things. First check the wires to the starter solenoid. There will be a positive cable from the battery to the relay. Then you will have two more wires that go to two terminals. Jump between the positive terminal and the starter terminal. It should crank over. Sounds like you already did this step. If it does not crank check your battery. If the battery is good and you have power to the relay then I would suspect the starter bendix is probably to blame. You can replace the bendix on the starter. If you still have no power you will need to start at the ignition switch. Hope this helps. Also the gas in the vehicles tank could be bad and causing it to not continue running. Sitting for a year with a fuel tank not full will allow condensation to occur in the fuel tank. Last but not least most fusible links are attached at the starter relay because this is where the main power distribution occures to the vehicles other systems

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