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2004 f 150 wil not crank battery good battery gauge reads in middle

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  • smmpeters Dec 10, 2009

    THIS IS A 2004 F 150 BATTERY IS GOOD.IT WILL NOT CRANK LIGHTS WORK GAUGES READ NORMAL.I HEAR CLICKING BY PASS. DOOR OR FUSE PANL IF THATS WHERE IT AT ,VERY COLD LAST NIGHT 4

  • smmpeters Dec 12, 2009

    Ok truck will not crank .battery is good.very cold the other night 4 dgree's .warmed up to 25 dgree's it started. last night very cold would not start. warmed up to 30 dgree's started.had battery atternator load starter checked at advanced .all good. so now what

  • smmpeters Dec 12, 2009

    battery is one year old 850 cold crank. had it checked it is good .it will not start with full charge.but starts when outside temp warms up.

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You need to actually test the battery. If it just a couple volts low the truck will not turn over.

Being an 04 I question wether the battery have ever been replaced yet since the life is 4 to 6 years. When you have either charged or tried to jump start start the battery or had the battery tested then we can further diagnose this problem.
This time of year when the cold sets in is when most marginal batterys will fail. Even a good fairly new battery could fail.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

  • Ernset ( Skip ) Bouvette

    don't mean to sound rude but when asking for advice always state everthing you already done so we don't waste each others time. If something was actually tested we need to know the numbers.



    I have load tested lots of batteries that passed but would still loose its charge overnight.



    So when the car actually isnt starting is when we need to know what the voltage is. I have spent endless hours trying to find a drain on vehicles only to find replacing the battery solved all problems



    Now you have a starter relay under the hood. Ford does not tell you on the cover which is which so rotate them all. Your manual should have the locations of them. All the big square ones are under the hood in the fuse box. If when you cylce the key you hear a click on a relay that is the fuel pump. When you put in crank position the starter relay should click. If it doesnt you may have an intermittant ignition issue or a bad relay or a bad starter. . You may have codes stored even tho the the check engine light is off when it does start.



    Sometimes if you smack the starter with a hammer it will free up and start. If it does then you know you have a bad starter.



    Remember your asking us to guess at something we cant put our hands on. So there is no way for us to know if you have a bad wire somewhere or poor ground connections or just an intermittant starter issue. If you try to jump the starter and it doesnt crank then you will know its a starter issue.



    On these newer vehicles its critical that things are tested properly because one tiny mistake can take out a computer.

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Go down to starter and jump it (jump small wire with big wire) see if starter crank' if it does check voltage at small wire while some one turn' key to start if no voltage check out put voltage at ignition switch.

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Check for bad crimps on the starter motor connections if all ok then

Place a jumper lead directly from the negative terminal of the battery to the engine block.

If that does not turn the engine over you need to get the windings of the starter motor checked for high impedance or the motor checked for mechanical problems such as shot bearings or a bendix which has jammed

Posted on Dec 10, 2009

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    Tom Dec 11, 2009

    Forgot to add the rider re does it start on a towline ?



    Or has a piston or a valve siezed ?

  • Tom
    Tom Dec 31, 2009





    I have to concur with the reply re stating what you have checked and what you post as being ok



    What is the point of telling us that the battery is "good" if you have not done a load test on it.



    We are on the end of a terminal not your workshop



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