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1984 Ford Thunderbird Ignition/Starter Problems

When I place my key in the ignition and turn it to the ON position it intermittently tries to activate the starter. If it doesn't try to activate the starter right away, I can give it about 30 seconds and the starter will come back on. When I turn it to the RUN position it starts but the starter stays on until I shift it into gear. When I unhook the ignition switch from the starter solenoid and start it directly from the solenoid, it starts fine and the starter doesn't seem to have a problem. I have already replaced the starter solenoid, the ignition switch, the lock cylinder, pulled the starter and had it tested. I don't know what the issue is. I need to figure out what the problem is. My only other question is if it might have something to do with the neutral safety switch since the starter will try to come back on when I am parked or shift into neutral. Any help would be appreciated guys, Thanks.

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The starter solenoid on these models are light weight and junk many times right out of the box, ask for the heavier made solenoid and see if that don't solve the problem.

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yes the park neutral sounds like where your problem is
you could use a test light to check .

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SOURCE: 95 F150 wont crank

the starter should be replaced. The solenoid is kikcing the pinion out but there is no contact being made to turn the starter motor. I have the exact same truck and before i changed the starter used the old starter tap trick. Tap the starter casing with a hammer and it should start turning again. hope this was helpful for you. Good luck.

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Under the steering column is an access plug. Remove the plug and insert a small shaft driver into the hole and push up gently, the key will release.

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very possible starter solenoid how do you know the starter is good

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