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I have a 2001 ford f550 7.3 when I turn key the motor wont turn but if I lift hood use a screw driver to starter solenoid it starts wat do I do plz help

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You need to replace the starter solenoid. It's best to do the starter and solenoid as a package, saves extra work down the road.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

  • chris carrisoza Oct 22, 2013

    I changed the starter and the solenoid still wont turn

  • cy schousboe Oct 22, 2013

    Sounds like you wired it back up wrong then.I don't have a wiring diagram to help you, I'm afraid. If you have a friend with a Ford have a look at his wiring, or possibly check with the dealer, a sympathetic service rep will probably point you in the right direction.


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