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Old 02-16-2014, 04:41 PM
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A few questions

Hey guys, Ive got a few questions to run past you. I have a 97 ECSB 4x4

1. I've been having an intermittent no-crank problem since i bought the truck, I typically have been able to get it running by jumping out the starter relay with some pliers. Today, even that wouldn't work, so I got a new starter relay after getting a pull start. I replaced it, and still the same problem. I've cleaned my battery terminals, and the large starter cable down at the starter, but no dice.
I CAN hear and feel the new and old relay engaging when the key is turned, and have confirmed voltage at the switched terminal with my meter. It just doesn't turn over. Battery voltage is 12.6v, and when I can get the starter to turn, it sounds normal, not labouring or slow cranking.
The starter is about 2 years old according to the PO.
Any thoughts?

2. Steering shaft play: This truck wanders around like a drunken sailor on the highway. Tie rods and ball joints seem tight when I jack up the front end, and an alignment was done before I bought it. There is a fair amount of movement (1/4" each way) in the steering shaft where it goes through the firewall, and theres even more movement if you grab it in the middle of the shaft under the hood. Column bearings are nice and tight. Is there another bearing in/on the firewall?
So what are my options here? Rock Auto doesn't have a listing for this part, and I can't afford a borgensen shaft, plus shipping to Canada. Is there an aftermarket solution, or is Ford the only other place to go?

3. I have the ford AIC in the truck, which tach reading am I to trust while driving? When the dash tach reads around 2000 rpm, my AIC reads 1800. Why the discrepancy?

Thanks in Advance!
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