2000 ford expedition eddie brauer edition - starts by itself
My ford has several problems, first we have a wireless starter on it that does not work, but it will turn on truck whenever it feels like it with no one pushing any buttons, wipers work off and on, and we keep going through batteries like crazy. Now you take out the key, the radio and clock stay on, blowers on, and lights will stay on, even with the key out. The truck also keeps dinging like the keys or light are on, but they are not.
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Find out whether all FSBs have been incorporated. Check battery age and condition. Find out whether alternator and starter are due for replacement. My 2000 Windstar is on its seventh battery. Many earlier problems were traced to battery failure.
Could be several problems - check the battery terminals to make sure they are clean. Next check the battery to see if it is fully charged. If both those items checked are OK then the next step is to check the starter.
Now the starter has a selenoid which engages and provides power to the starter motor when you turn the key to the start position.
If you only get a clicking noise then it could be the selenoid valve itself or the starter motor.. Some fords have the selenoid mounted on the firewall others are mounted on the starter motor itself.
So what you need to do next is bypass the selenoid valve and provide power directly to the starter - if the starter turns the engine over then the selenoid valve is the problem. If the starter motor doesn't turn the engine over then it's the starter motor and a replacement is necessary.
I have a strange feeling that someone has inserted the bulbs 180 degrees off, otherwise it is a wiring problem or your brake light switch on the break pedal arm is stuck or bad... try these and get back to me if these things don't work...MK
this is caused by burned/worn/erroded contacts in the starter motor solenoid, testing the starter doen't always show this problem, but I assure u this is what is wrong, I have 20 years of Ford dealer work to back me on this fix. Thanks for using FixYa!
Sounds to me like there is a short in the starting system that is causing this (or it's wired wrong). Ford starter solenoids are known for problems. The reason the starter will turn after the cable is disconnected is because the circuit (or in this case short circuit) has been broken . I'll bet if you replace the starter solenoid, your problem will be solved. I think it's just "shorting-to-ground". Good Luck!
Youll have to take it out and check the condition of the ring gear through the starter hole use mirror and torch if you have to.Before taking the starter out turn engine over by hand to a different position then try to start with key.Try this several times if it doesnt work first time Why was the original starter replaced.Im assuming the starter you brought was reconditioned or new Did you check that the battery is still ok?