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Old 12-15-2009, 02:54 PM
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Turn the Key and... Nothing

Have been trouble shooting the starting system in my 89 F250. Just had the starter rebuilt and put it back on today. After reconnecting all the cables when I tried to try to start it up, I learned that the key was left in the run position (After removing the starter the day before, I Reconnected the battery leads to test it, and measure voltage on the starter end.) I obviously had to disconnect them when i reinstalled the starter.

Then, Initially I thought the batteries were just dead, tried to jump it and got nothing. Then I pulled out the multimeter, and measured 8 volts off both batteries with key in the off position, but when turned to run the meter reads zero.

Could something have gotten fried with the key left on overnight?
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:56 PM
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your GP's are coming on when you turn the key to run, me thinks it's sucking the remaining 8 volts out of your battery? i suppose something could have fried...but more than likely your batts are just shot to he!!
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Old 12-15-2009, 02:59 PM
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how long did you let it sit with the jumper cables on? can you hear the starter click?

My trans am dies sometimes and nothing will work I will hook up jumper cables to hit still nothing...learned i have to let it sit for a good 15 min before it even begins to crank
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:36 PM
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What about trying to jump the starter solenoid? Make sure your in neutral or park.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:32 PM
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I resolved the issue. It was the batteries. I Put the battery charger on it for the day and got it cranked up.
Thanks for the advice, I'm use to getting a result in about 5 minutes with jumping most engines.
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:06 PM
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I have a similar problem. I have new batteries, and my starter is just making the one solid click. Took it out and jumped the started and it worked fine. Any ideas?
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:08 PM
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Also replaced the solenoid on the fender, just in case. Found the clutch sensor switch dangeling under the dash hooked to nothing. Supressed the springs with a bolt and nothing.....
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