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post #1 of 12 Old 04-17-2013, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Lost Radio and dash while driving and now not start

I went through the no start sticky and haven't checked my FICM, yet, but when the problem started, the truck drove just fine to get me home. While driving down the road, all of a sudden my stereo got weak and then blanked out and then I lost power to the dash but the truck ran just fine. Next day I go to fire it up and it was acting like it did when I had a blown starter relay. I replaced the relay and still nothing... just a bunch of clicking but I have the radio and dash power back again! Has anyone run into this?
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Check batts state of charge and load test. Check all wireing and connections to the starter system. Check for starter stuck in the flywheel.


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I had this problem before. The batts were dead due to the alternator not charging them. I took mine in to the dealership and they didn't hook my alternator all the way up after I had some work done. So they replaced my whole gauge cluster thinking that it was bad. It makes me laugh when I think that they are supposed to be trained technicians at this dealership. Not saying all are bad. ha ha Anywho, I was told by another shop that vehicles will start shutting stuff down once the power starts to get too low. Don't know if it is true or not. But it sounds similar to my ordeal.
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Thanks for the info guys! I had to order the fuel filter cap since I broke it torquing it down and of course, Autozone sent me the wrong part. I'll have to go to the dealer and spend the $ to get the right flippin part and then I'll check out the FICM and battery load and associated wiring. Thanks again for your help!
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Ok, I finally had to buy the filter cap from Ford and even they ordered the wrong part yesterday. Finally installed cap and no leaks. I tested the FICM and I have more than 48 Volts. I guess I'm going to remove and reseat the the starter and home that that works. Thanks for all of your suggestions!
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Strange thing. I disconnected the starter and didn't disconnect the wires hooked up to it. For grins, I turned the key to fire it up and I had no starter rotation and I also didn't have all of the clicking of relays like it would do before!. How can I check the starter to see if it's the problem?
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Don't forget that the starter has to be grounded to work.

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Now for something weird. I replaced the starter and now with the key out of the ignition, when I touch the negative terminal of the battery with the negative lead, the starter fires up continuously unless I disconnect the negative battery lead! What did I do wrong? I installed the two wires exactly as they were before? I even unplugged the starter relay after this happened with no help. I must have a wired it incorrectly. Very strange as it is exactly the same as before??
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Ok, I'm totally lost now. This thing is totally wired correctly... to the best of my knowledge. I'm beginning to believe that my ignition switch is hot in start? What a PITA!
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