I have a 2001 F350, DRW 2WD, 7.3L turbo diesel with about 228k miles, lots of highway miles, some towing gooseneck horse trailer.
Recent history... One of the older batteries were replaced about a month ago, the other is approximately 3 to 4 years old. The truck had been jumped several times over the past few months, as it had been sitting up/just used for towing once a week or every few weeks, prior to battery replacement.
Incident/Problem: Truck started fine after being parked at trailride for weekend (trailer lights were not plugged into truck for the wknd). Pulled about 20 miles and made a brief stop/turned truck off, for about 3 mins. When tried to start truck again, turned over key to let glow light come on/wait a second for the little ding, then tryed to turn over. The starter? made a "spin out" noise. It was not a dragging/lugging sound, like you getwith a low battery. Did attempt to jump the truck off twice, with an diesel Excursion and an diesel F250, to no avail. Tried the tapping on the starter, did not start. Still makes spin-out noise. Don't know how to test the jumping from Solenoid, that I read here. Does this sound like a Starter Solenoid, Starter, or worse situation, like flywheel issue?
To add insult to injury, the jack stand busted on the horse trailer and it had to be jacked up with the truck jack... But the reallllll insult, was my girlfriend had to pull my horse trailer home with her 4x4 3/4 diesel DODGE and a 1 ton DODGE Dually, had to pull the truck home..... I'm so ashamed! LOL!
She did promise not to tell, since she was once pulled by a Ford! LOL
Aesthetic stuff... Crew Cab, Sherrod Custom Package, Ranch Hand replacement bumper and cattle guard and RH rear bumber blacked out, black running bars, midnight blue.