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Ford courier 4x4 ute starting problem

Hello , my name is Willow and my ex partner has got him self a ford courier ute ,he is having trouble starting it sometimes , turn the key and sometimes it will do nothing at all , other times you can hear the starter connecting then nothing , other times ,starts fine , please help thank you

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  • willow1957 Jun 11, 2008

    ty so much for your reply


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    tony toner Dec 01, 2013

    hi there willow1957 put the car into a deisel fitter cause the problem is more than likely a faulty feul sencer and get them to bypass it. i had the same problem and now problem fixed



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If I understand you right, the problem is at certain times the engine will not crank, that is turn over when you turn they ignition key to START. And at times it will start and run normally.

Might it be that the issue is with the starter system. The starter system is initiated at the ignition switch when the key is turned to start. At this point, the ignition switch then provides +12VDC to a starter relay. The relay is but a remote switch with slightly higher amperage capacity. The starter relay then engages and supplies +12VDC to the staring solenoid. The starting solenoid then performs two (2) functions. It provides the switching action (hundreds amps) from the battery heavy cable to the actual starter motor. The solenoid likewise pushes a small pinion gear along the shaft of the starter motor to engage the ring gear. The ring gear is of course on the edge of the flywheel which in turn is attached to the crankshaft.

Starter system problems could be corrected by:
1. check battery, battery cables and connections;
2. charge the battery if required;
3. clean brushes and guides of brush holders of the starter motor;
4. clean the commutator and commutator segments;
5. check/replace the armature or field coils if determined to be defective;
6. in some extreme cases it could be the drive pinion or the flywheel gear ring is defective.
7. often it is the big switch that the solenoid activates that looses contacts causing no +12V internally to the motor.
8. Most likely would be a defective starter relay or the IGN switch itself. Relative to this, you might try and check the connectors/terminals and electrical joints.

In the picture below, the upper portion is the starter solenoid while the one below it is the actual starter.
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Given the amount of work to overhaul a starter, you might consider just replacing it.

This of course assuming that all other vital components of the car are working.

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Try bypassing the fuel senser guys

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Check the battery , give it for a recharge or else replace it with a neew one

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