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My Truck won't start.....

I have a 96 Ford F-150. 5-speed.

Truck has problems starting. I put a new battery in, so I ruled that out.

This is what happens: on my first attempt, the dash lights / radio come on, when key is in "on" position. When I turn to ignite (start), I hear a click, and get nothing.

Then, after that first attempt, I get NO juice whatsoever.....no dash lights, no nothing, as I make further attempts.

I researched and I'm thinking its the ignition switch, because I read that a faulty one could effect all of the "key" positions (on, start, etc).

Any ideas??? Thanks !

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  • gasparinodes Jun 15, 2009

    thanks....are the starter cables and the "battery cables" the same thing?

    to me, they look like they need replaced, but i'm no mechanic.

    so you would attempt to rule out the cables before the ignition switch? its more likely of a problem?

    also....is this an easy job for a mechanic, or would you say this is a DIY thing for me?

    sorry for all the additional questions, THANKS !!!

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    I have a '97 that had nearly burned off one of the starter cables. Worth a look.

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Your truck has a connection problem. Check the battery cables near the battery posts. You are looking for puffy spots in the insulation. If this condition exists, battery acid has migrated up the copper strands into the insulation and eaten it from within. Replace the cables. Check for evidence of burning (hotspots) in the cable. Faulty cables are the most common cause of the condition you described.


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Check battery cables real good for corosion to the starter and alternator sometimes in the wires

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