THE BATTERY IS NEW AND IT IS THE SIZE THAT CAME WITH IT-WHERE IN PRETELL IS THE STARTER ON THIS THING--I HAVE BEEN UNDER THE TRUCK AND CANT SEE ANYTHING THAT LOOKS LIKE IT---BUT WOULD THE STARTER HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH NONE OF THE DASH LIGHTS WORKING WHEN I TURN THE SWITCH ON??
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Instead of guessing (could wires be crossed ) Testing the electrical circuits is the way to find the problem . Battery goes dead when ? over night ,while driving the vehicle ? If it goes dead overnight you have a parasitic drain on the electrical system . Look at a wiring diagram an check the wires for correct hook up . Free wiring diagrams here http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html Enter vehicle info. Year , make , model an engine size . under system click engine then under subsystem click starting . Click the search button ,then the blue link . Really don't think you could cross the wire's ,only two size wires (connectors ) . only hooks up one way.
I would try crawling under vehicle and hooking red jumper cable to big copper stud on starter where the battery cable hooks up, hook the black cable to the frame and hook the other ends up to another vehicle like you were jumping it off. And it should feed the battery with enough power to get the doors open to get the hood up. Good Luck
Get under truck and locat it,if you cant find it ,,Go to your local Ford dealer ship and pull aroud to the garage and ask a mechanic to tell you,,,Once you find it remove positive battery cable,and remove cable and wire from starter and remove 2 bolds holding it in place,,,Put the new one in and thats it.
Check the ignition and power fuses under the hood and check the crank fuse under the dash. Also when the lights flicker , it sounds like you may have left a wire loose or off, check around the battery.
It is on the bottom passenger side of the engine at the rear. Follow the large power wire from the battery and you will see it. It is round and has a small round solenoid (or Bendix) on it. Make sure to: 1)disconnect the battery, 2) remove the wires from the starter one set at a time and mark them so you don't get them mixed up. Remove the two bolts (5/8" I think) and pull the starter out. Replace the solenoid also.