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Old 05-21-2007, 05:03 PM
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Truck won't start

Truck wouldn't start but I found the problem and wanted to share so maybe someone else wouldn't suffer much.

I had a fuse blow on my trailer/exterior running lights "chicken lights" as they are lovingly referred to, so I replaced them with a fuse from the 4x4 part of the box. I have 2WD so there's no use for the 4x4 fuse. Boom, all my twinkly little lights all over the truck fire back up and I go have a beer in celebration. This morning I go to leave for work and nothing. Put the key in, let the glow plug light go out, turn the swith and nada. It doesn't even attempt to turn over. I check batteries, grounds, cables, fuses, ALL of the fuses and find nothing. 2 hours later I realize that the only thing that has changed was that fuse I messed with regarding the trailer/exterior lights.

It turns out (long story short) that even a 2WD truck needs a fuse in the 4WD slot!!! I put a fresh fuse back in there and the old bruiser fired right up. If I would've tried to fire the truck last night after my experiment I may have been a bit quicker to put things together.

Bottom line, never assume a fuse is not doing anything even if you don't have that option!
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Old 05-21-2007, 05:26 PM
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other wise the way ford cost cuts it wouldnt be there right?? just to share a story related to fuses tieing in with other things...i am a equipment mechanic and i was working on a machine brought to me because it would not shut off with the key and continued to run...after much looking into it wire diagram etc i found only one fuse blown belonging to the HORN well at first figured i wasnt to worried about a horn...hours go by i figured i replace it for the hell of it...BAMM!!!!!!!!!!!! machine shuts right off...come to find out the shutoff was tied in with the horn fuse...manual wouldnt even tell me that, if its there it needs it.
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:06 PM
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Nice. I bet you know the feeling I had after screwing with this thing for 3 hours!!!!
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