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When i turn my key nothing happens

When i turn the key nothing happens, i replaced the ignition switch and the coil, but still doesnt work, however i can strt it by touching the two contacts on the coil

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    bridgette Mar 19, 2014

    its not the coil i meant the solenoid, i can jump it byt touching the contacts on it

  • bee39520
    bee39520 Mar 19, 2014

    check your fuses for a start fuse or power fuse.... if not it might be the electric part of the ignition switch... what happened before this problem occured? could be a fusible link. will it crank when you jump the silenoid?

  • bridgette
    bridgette Mar 20, 2014

    yes it cranks when i jump the solenoid, and have already replaced the ignition switch

  • bridgette
    bridgette Mar 20, 2014

    do you think it could be a short in the tilt steering column?


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Could be.. does it kill with the switch when you shut it down? have someone use a test light on the silenoid wire when you try to crank it could be a short in the wire...

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Check your fuses under the hood if that don't help I would check for a short . I would start at the main plug on the fire wall some times these plugs can be a major headach

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Check that you have power in the little wire attached to the solenoid as this is the wire that activates the solenoid when you turn the key to start position only

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Hey there Krabbe,

Since you are considering changing the ignition switch, I'm going to assume an above average mechanical ability on your part.

Sight unseen, I'd check the starter and solenoid first. They are easy to prove/disprove as the problem. The procedure for replacing the ignition switch is much more involved.

The solenoid on a Ford is usually near the battery and easily accessed. It has two heavy cables and a thinner gauge wire attached to it.

Before doing any testing, make sure the transmission is in Neutral or Park with the Parking Brake on.

Applying +12V to the terminal the thinner wire is attached to should engage the solenoid and cause the starter to crank the engine. You can use a small jumper (alligator clip type).

If the starter engages, you were right. Next stop the ignition switch. I'll get the replacement procedure written up for you.

If the Solenoid gives a solid CLICK, but the starter doesn't spin, use a screwdriver to short the two heavy solenoid terminals. If the starter spins up now, the solenoid is the problem. If not, it's the Starter.

The way we proceed depends on the results though. Please respond with what happened with the test. I'll get you going.


Posted on Aug 31, 2008

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SOURCE: 1990 ford f-150 nothing happens when ignition is turned on

Solenoid was not mentioned as replaced.

If it was not part of new starter...that's the culprit.

Ignition switch (smaller wire) activates the solenoid (heavier wire) which in turn activates the (high current) starter.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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SOURCE: 1992 ford econoline van wont

how can you say that you have power going to the coil and lot leaving it and still say its good?
kinda answered your own question there i think
just my opinion...
hope this helps

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