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Old 01-25-2014, 04:04 PM
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Won't crank or start

I have a 2004 E350. Been working great till the other day.
First symptom
Went to start my van turned the key all the way. The lights on the dash light up as usual. Indicates that the glow plugs are warming. Once it goes through its cycle I turn the key all the way. All it does is click very loud. I tried a few things to fix. First replaced the batteries. Next replaced the starter. Tested cable going from battery to starter. Nothing worked. Called it a day.
Second symptom
In the morning tried to start it again. Now nothing happens on the dash. No lights at all. However the radio and head lights work so I am stilling getting power. Not sure what else to try.
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:51 AM
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1) verify that your battery terminals are clean and TIGHT. And that the remote starter cable that runs along the passenger fender well is securely connected.
2) Your engine may be in a bind. can you turn the engine by hand. ( with tools )?
3) watch the a/c compressor, all pulleys, and belt while someone cranks it to verify that the starter even tries to turn the engine
4) pull the EGR valve and look for moisture in your intake, indicating possible hydrolock (1 wire, 2 bolts, and a lil prying)

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Old 01-27-2014, 06:31 PM
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Exactly what I was thinking. Either electrical or locked up engine. Do your headlights come on and will the blower motor work?
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:08 PM
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There is a starter relay under the dash in the fuse panel (or where ever it is on a van). Check your owners manual.


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Old 01-31-2014, 04:43 PM
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Head lights work. Blower motor does not. However yesterday when I turned the key all the way again nothing happened but all of a sudden the blower motor came on and the dash lights came on for half a second.
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:25 AM
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Does anyone know if the ECM controls all of that stuff? Definitely sounds like something squirrely in the electrical. Might see if you can find out what is controlled by what and see if you can find out if there might be some correlation to the Powertrain Cotrol Module vs the chassis controller.

I would think the blower would not be part of the PCM system.

Sorry, I'm an not very proficient on the electrical system of this truck.
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It kinda sounds like the ignition switch. It might have a dead spot and you caught it just right to get power to come on. Hopefully this helps.


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