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Old 10-09-2013, 07:24 PM
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truck is down need help

96 f350 was starting and running fine until tonight. parked the truck and turned on my aux rear lights. decided i needed to move the truck did not turn lights off as i have in the past to start. turn the key to start and lost power to everything. interior lights and dash lights are flickering and there is a clicking sound coming from under the dash. located the sound of the clicking and unplugged three connectors going to it and sound stopped.

with the key in the on position i had my power probe in the truck so i connected it to start testing and wiggling the power side clamp will get the interior lights, dash, and door chime to kick on as if the truck is perfect. go to crank and truck went back to no power to anything till the probe was wiggled again.

my starter was replaced with pep boys aftermarket one about a month ago. my question is does this sound more like a starter solenoid problem or a ignition switch issue
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:52 AM
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To me it actually sounds more like a loose/corroded battery cable. You can bypass the switch by jumping the solenoid on the passenger fender with a screw driver. There is a large post with a lot of wires and a post opposite it with a single wire 14 AWG-ish. That is the wire that goes down to the starter to close the solenoid.

-If you jump the posts and nothing happens check for voltage. If there is voltage go to the starter and smack it with a rubber mallet. Try and start it again.

-If you jump the posts and something does happen then you likely have a issue at the column switch or between the switch and solenoid.

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