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post #1 of 37 Old 12-06-2009, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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7.3 will not crank

hello i have a 2001 F350 powerstroke 7.3l. it was running fine. now it will not turn over/crank all other electrics work battery is fine. i ordered a solenoid for 30 dollars. came in wrong one now they say the solenoid that goes o n the inside of the fender is 110$. i do not want to spend that money unless i know that is the problem. anyway i can test this.
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The starter maybe locked up..but that solenoid on the inside cost me when i had my powerstroke, cost $35.

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how would i go about seeing if starter is stuck
i here the solenoid click/thud wen i turn the key.
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how would i go about seeing if starter is stuck
i here the solenoid click/thud wen i turn the key.
It will take tow people. One person in the cab turning the key all the way like you are trying to start it. Another person go under the truck with a hammer and tap the starter till it frees up.

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okay i will give it a try later
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if you hear a click at the starter when you turn the key, then its your starter, the click means power is being sent all the way to the solenoid on the starter, just pull the unit have auto zone test it for free. if so buy rebuild cheaper from auto zone or advanced and give them old starter for core charge

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i believe i had the same problem your having. I would turn the key and it would just click but not crank. It ended up being the starter. I did what justin said and it worked for a little bit but i had to eventually replace the starter. i believe mine was like 120ish from autozone. Oh and i had mine tested and it tested fine, but it was bad. SO make sure its a load test

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Dam it, I just jumped my started on the work bench. Since it worked fine, I put it back in. Still maid a single click when I turned the key. So I put it in neutral and tried arcing the starter. Sparks flew everywhere....... I figured I fried it. So tried it again and it worked for two cranks, but then stopped again. Now just a click agian. Is it just the load?
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ok the solenoid on your fender, it is the problem...Just had the same problem on my expedition...it costs roughly $35 through a parts store.

To test and see if I am right take a screw driver(or something with an insulated handle, if it shocks you, you will hate life for a split second), with the key in the cab on, then touch both of the two big posts on that solenoid(it might spark a little), if the truck turns over and runs it is the solenoid.

(This is the redneck way of doing things, dont try this at home if you are really unsure as to what I am talking about.....It might just hurt!!!) LOL
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I already replaced that. And when I jump the fender mounted solenoid it still just has one click. I am guessing the starter can not handle the load....
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