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I have a 2002 ford f-150 super crew hd, it some times has a problem starting. I can turn the key to on position, then move the gear shift to 1 and back to P and try to start it and it starts. When I have the problem the starter does not engage. Sometimes it will do this non start 2-3 in a row, or once it happens it is fine the rest of the day, or so. Any one have a idea where to start looking to fix this problem?

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  • james_sul602 Mar 28, 2011

    The starter does not turn over at all. But if I unlock the alarm, move the gear shift from p to 1 and back to p, it starts. Some time I have to move the steering wheel up and down also to get it to start. I can go days with just putting the key in and the truck will start with no problem.

  • james_sul602 Apr 03, 2011

    Yes, it was I went to the repair shop with a better understanding of what was wrong with my truck

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Hi, not enough information.
For example, does the engine turn over when you turn the key? If not, it can be the starter, starter switch, ignition switch, or one of the fusable links.
If it turns over, the starter is probably good.
Are you getting fuel to the engine at the proper pressure?
If the pressure is too low, or non-existant, it is probably the fuel pump. You really need to isolate the problem.

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Hello, although i am not familiar with the F150 i can tell you that all automatic vehicles have a switch on the gearbox, in Australia its called a inhibitor switch, this switch tells the computer when and when not it can start the vehicle, usually in park and neutral, they are usually adjustable by loosening and slightly twisting it, if you take it to a automatic transmission specialist they can check this for you in 10 minutes which is usually what causes your problem. Being a late model vehicle it may have a few sensors/switches on there so make sure who ever looks at it they know what they are doing.

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