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1978 Ford F-350 starter trouble

I recently bought a 1978 F-350 dump truck. It was having occasional starter trouble when I bought it, the starter would sometimes activate, but not engage to turn the engine over. I thought that the teeth on the starter gear were probably stripped, so I replaced the starter. The gears did seem somewhat cammed on the end so I figured that this was the culprit. I am two weeks into the life of my new starter and the same problem began happening today. Any advise? The truck sometimes does start just fine, but it seems that more times than not, it will either not start, or start with a rough, metallic sound. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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  • woodwrightmd Jul 08, 2008

    Thanks guys. The flywheel issue was one that I was hoping not to have to deal with, but you have to play the hand you are dealt, I guess. I did replace the solenoid when I replaced the starter, but I will check the ground. Hopefully that is the problem (fingers crossed). Thanks again.

  • Anonymous Jul 27, 2008

    1979 ford motorhome with a 460 - starter makes a brrrrrrrrrr noise but doesn't turn the engine over. charged the battery but still the same. Hasn't moved since 2006 but was okay then.


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I got a 1978 ford 250 with a 400 in it i pulled over on the side of a logging road to take a wiz, turned it off to conserve gas silly me and i tryed to start it up and nothing first click click than i tryed bypassing it got some more clicks but still nothing than it wouldnt even click luckly my dad was able to find me and toe me home but man o man what a riddle ??? what could it be?

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You might have the starte to close and have to shim the starter ,usally they give them with the starter,if it still does it you have worn teeth on the flywheel or the flywheel is warped

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Check your vehicle to see if it has a starter solenoid mounted on the inner fender well.Not sure about 1979 model,but alot of Fords have that solenoid separate,and the noid should always be replaced when the starter is replaced.Other than that,check to make sure your truck has adequate grounds.Grounds should be: battery to engine,engine to frame,frame to body.You can never have TOO many grounds.Run an aftermarket ground strap straight to the starter bolt from the frame.Ford does that on newer trucks.If all else fails,look very carefully at the teeth on the flewplate or flywheel.They could be gone or going.

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Hi there this seems that you have some bad teeth on the flywheel the flywheel attaches to your motor and transmission the starter motor rotates and spinns over the motor to start if the teeth are gone in certain areas on the flywheel then the motor wont spin you need to remove the transmission and replace the flywheel ,once replaced then make shure the teeth on the starter motor are new not cammed over as you mentioned was the isue earlier hop this helps let me know ho this works with a vote of fixya thanks for using sutch a helpful website like fixya

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    james cox Jul 08, 2008

    hi there ya it is not an easy repair sorry to say never a ground issue if the starter spins the ground is fine again sorry to say ,listen take the plastick cover off of the inspection cover on the transmission bell housing and inspect the flywheel with cover removed 3 or 4 bolts will allow you to see lower section of fly wheel inspect all around the flywheel missing teeth no good replace the flywheel . remove bolts around the transmission then remove the bolts holding flywheel then remove driveshaft then put a large floorjack under transmission with a large flat piece of wood to jack up tranny a wee bit 1/4 inch is enough to roll jack back enough to acess flywheel to remove the 6 or eight bolts to replace it good luck use loctite on flywheel bolts ok


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