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Put new starter on 1997 Ford F150 Truck and the starter clicks but does not start and ground wire is hot

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Sounds like an intermittent Earth connection. Check all the battery and earth leads where they connect to the Battery, Engine, Starter Motor and Body. If possible disconnect, clean and reconnect.

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have you got the battery cable (+) on the right terminal of the starter solenoid as for the cable to get hot it would indicate a dead short.

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Joey, If your solenoid is "clicking" that means it is closing and applying battery power to the starter motor.Your battery or connections could be bad.Or in a very rare case.You may have got a defective starter.The solenoid is just a "switch".It handles the large current needed for the starter to work.Bad connections is the usual culprit.Check your battery with a volt meter on d.c. scale.Should read 13.6 volts when fully charged. Hope this helps

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Your not getting power to the s terminal on the starter..Usually the computer grounds a relay and sends the power from the switch to the starter...I would check see if you have a bad relay..Then check the wire from the starter and work backwards,,to the switch

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If the positive wire is hot, its connection is bad, check and clean all corrosion at the terminal connections to the actual wire and at the terminal connection to the battery. Do this for both battery cables. Hope this helps, let me know.

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On the firewall is the starter motor relay. There are 2 large battery sized cables to it, and 1 smaller ( 16 AWG ) wire that is orange or orange with a stripe ( forget the color, want to say white or tan ).

When you turn the key to the start position, check the smaller gauge wire for +12 V. The case should be ground. If you do not get +12 on the orange wire, try starting the truck in neutral ( apply the parking brake, chock the wheel, etc normal safety precautions ). Test for +12 V at the small wire. This is the output of the DTR ( Digital Transmission Range ) sensor or in common terms the Neutral switch. The start position on the ign switch runs through the DTR to the starter motor relay coil.
If you have a stick, the DTR is replaced by the Clutch Pedal Position Switch ( clutch must be pushed in to start ).
If you have power to this ( at the times the truck won't start ) next is to check the both battery cable ends to see if they are corroded and making intermittent contact ( not probable but possible ).

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Ford F-150 1999 5.4 Liter. I changed starter now truck shakes!!!


if it didn't shake before the starter change,and the black marks were not there before,you need to see if the positive cable is getting hot to the touch,double check the large battery cables going to starter that they are on correctly ,dont go by color of wire ,visually follow each wire to starter to make sure its a ground or hot one,last possibility
would be a dead short in starter.

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'97 Ford F150, clicking noise when trying to start. Battery checked good, starter was rebuilt and checks good, and I have a new starter solenoid (located on firewall). What else could possibly be the...


you need to check for voltage drop in the wires you may have a bad wire bleeding to ground somewere that needs replaced also put a multimeter on the starter and make sure its gettting atleast 11 volts to it anything less and it wont turn hard enough

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most likley the positive wire has corroded off the starter. look at the small red wire more closely, if theres alot of corosion, replace the wire (and starter if needed) if you dont see much corrosion give the wire a good tug just to see if it really is hooked up well. you should disconnect the batt. before doing any of this.hope this helps and good luck

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