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Wont start my 1989 7.3 diesel has fully charged batteries just replaced solinoid all the wire are tight. i got three good turn overs and then nothing, cant find the fuse to check it eigther

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JU JU Fruit. Your battery is low. You cannot get enough voltage from the system through the ign switch to pull the solinoid in. You have enough voltage to crank the starter, but I am sure this is marginal as well. The starter cranking is all about amps, the solinoid pulling in is more about voltage. Put a volt meter on your battery and I bet it reads less than 12.6 - what a fully charged battery should read.

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