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1999 ford F150 4x4.. Starting problem, After 30 - 50 successful starts, will not crank. Jumping battery doesn't work, battery tests strong. One mechanic concludes there is a short but cannot isolate it. Another auto/electric tech installed new brushes and solenoid, two days later same problem continues. It appears if left to sit for 30 minutes, will sometime turn over.

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Is the no crank no start after the truck has run for some time ( i..e heat ) ?

Have you checked the starter motor relay on the firewall for power on the smaller AWG wire ( there are 2 large, and 1 small, the small AWG wire is a Tan w/ Red stripe wire. This should have + VDC when the key is in the start position. If it does, the starter motor relay needs to be replaced.
If not, the DTR ( Digital Transmission Range ) sensor could be the issue, check the connector on the driver's side of the transmission to see if the connector is dirty and put all the way together.

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