Question about 1989 Ford F 150
Sometimes it starts fine and other times will leave me stranded with just a loud click. The battery and cables appear to be okay. after a long time of charging battery it sometimes starts sometimes not. I've cleaned all cables. How should I troubleshoot this. It is in my driveway and I can't get it to start again. Thanks
Does it make the loud click just once, or will it continue to click when you turn the key?
If it is just once, then there is still a bad connection someplace for the main power. If it continues to click every time you turn the key to "start", then it is probably the starter solenoid itself that is bad. There are two big terminals (bolts) on the solenoid, and if you connect a 12V test light or meter across them, you should see power there. If the light doesn't go out (or very dim) when you turn the ign. to 'start', then the solenoid is bad. If the light goes out and the starter doesn't turn, then there is something wrong with the starter. I suspect the solenoid also because it works better with a strong charge on the battery.
Posted on May 19, 2009
I had exact problem and it turned out to be the ignition switch. Replaced starter prior to switch and had same symptoms.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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