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Old 11-19-2013, 07:08 PM
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96 only starts when it wants to.

Today I went to start my truck after work and when I turned the key nothing happened. I just replaced the starter and solenoid so that made me think it's the ignition switch.
I crossed the poles on the solenoid and she fired right up. After I got home I turned the key and it fired?
Would a bad CPS cause this? Since I used the solenoid I bypassed the computer and ignition so I'm not sure which it could be. I need some input from someone with more experience with these rigs.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:34 AM
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Dose the tach work? Check the solenoid to see if it is getting commanded when you turn the key. Try starting it in neutral to see it it's the Prndl (sorry if it's gm terminology). I'm fairly new to fords, but start with the basics and go from there.
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:25 PM
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The tach reads when it cranks, and when you turn the key the solenoid clicks. I gave the lead ends going to the solenoid a good cleaning and now it starts up every time. So either that did it or there is far more insidious hiding in my motor.

I just might take it down to the shop and have hook it up to the scanner and see if it's throwing out any codes.
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Old 11-21-2013, 09:36 PM
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I had the no response issue and found it was just my battery terminals being loose and corroded. I cleaned them up and tightened everything down and not it's all good. Something so simple at times.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:31 AM
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It's NOT the CPS. It only enters the picture when the engine is turning.

Did you replace the SOLENOID, which is on the starter, or the RELAY, which is on the fender?

Automatic or manual transmission?
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:48 AM
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I replaced the starter solenoid, and just recently the relay for good measure. And it's a automatic.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:11 PM
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Another thing I forgot to mention is make sure your shifter is all the way up in the park position. My shifter is pretty loose and I have to make sure it is in the proper park position or the truck won't crank either.
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:37 PM
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^^^^ This; also try it in Neutral, and try moving the shifter around while holding the key in START, to see if it cranks as you move it. That would indicate either slop in the shifter as said, or the switch on the tranny needs adjustment. There are two torx screws somewhere up under the column that keep the shifter tight, and when they loosen, stuff like this can happen.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:05 AM
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Well it hasn't given me any issue in a few days. However, the shifter is loose so I think that just might be the culprit. I appreciate all the help!
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