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1989 Ford Econoline 150 Van will not start

I have a 1989 Ford Econoline 150 van. Yesterday (after starting just fine all day), when leaving work, the van would not start. We thought it was the ignition because the key wouldn't turn properly either. Today, we have replaced the starter solenoid, ignition switch, & ignition lock and keys. We have had no luck getting it started. It will not even act like it's going to start. The battery has power but there is no power to the ignition, starter, or anywhere else. We don't know where to go from here.

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Most all vehicles have main power cable to starter solenoid which is mounted on the starter where the power cable to the switch connects OR there is a separate heavy gauge red wire connected to the positive post of the battery that leads to the ignition switch. Also check your ground cable by connecting battery jumper cable to negative post on battery and other end to metal frame of van.

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SOURCE: won't start-replaced key&tumbler,ignition switch, what now?fine 2days ago!

have you replaced the starter?

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SOURCE: 1998 Ford Windstar van will not start.

Ford starters have a solenoid that is a relay to the starter. I could not read the rest of the problem? Got changed ignition, starter and....

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you must have put the cable on the wrong side of the solenoid

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Good news. After letting the van sit for a few hours, when I went to get in it again, I opened the van with the key (ie. not the remote fob) and there was no beeping. I don't know if checking all the fuses (I fulled and checked each one), or disconnecting the battery, using the key, or just letting it sit did the trick, but it is now fixed.

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SOURCE: 1989 Econoline 351 started the van today and the

If the starter motor remained engaged when you released the key, the underlying cause is likely a bad starter solenoid (first item the positive battery cable connects to after the battery) Remaining engaged, can damage the starter itself. Replace the solenoid, check the starter and you should be finished. (Or also replace the starter if it was damaged)
If the starter was stuck and not engaging, the bendix drive inside the starter has failed...In that case it's best to change the starter as even though it's replaceable, generally by the time it needs replacement the starter is worn in other areas and would need complete overhaul.

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