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1996 Ford E250 van. I checked to see why the horn wouldn't work and found the problem is in the horn switch. Went to start the van and it won't start. I was able to start the van via the fender mounted starter relay by using a screw driver on the two posts. Bought a new started relay and still won't start. Tried to start it in Park and Neutral and still no crank. So I have a no start no crank situation. There is power to the relay. What am I missing here? Thank you

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  • bmcsret Jun 06, 2010

    It appears that the fender relay, neutral safety switch and the ignition switch all work. Still no start no cank.

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Hello, my name is Ben. When you started the van using the fender mounted relay, you were basically bypassing the key switch. I'm thinking you might have accidentally disconnected a wire during your repair of the horn switch. Or it could just be a coincidence and the key switch could have just worn out at the same time as the horn button. Many years ago I had a vehicle which would do this if I parked it in direct sunlight and the inside temperature got very hot. Being lazy I would just pop the hood and start it with the fender mounted relay just as you did. My "solution", if you can call it that was to park in the shade whenever possible. Anyway, I believe your solution will eventually be the key switch. I hope I have helped you a bit with your problem, Ben.

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    BeninVa Jun 07, 2010

    Really a difficult problem you have here. Have you checked for voltage coming out of the key switch when the key is turned?

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