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Old 01-19-2008, 09:57 AM
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01 F-250 won't start!!

Yesterday I went to start my truck for school and it would barely crank probably due to cold weather. Then the batteries died from me trying to start it I guess?

So I bought new batteries yesterday but couldn't put them in till today. I just finished putting them in and tried starting but the truck won't even crank. Just some loud vacuum type noise and that's it. I even let the glow plugs warm up and everything. I'm not getting a check engine light or water in fuel but the truck won't even crank! I probably won't be able to answer y'all as I'll be at work till 5:30.

All help is appreciated thanks!
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:40 AM
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First, double check all your battery terminal connections. They have to be TIGHT!
Where did you buy your batteries? Many places, if they don't sell alot of batteries, the batteries will sit for a long time and be dead when you buy them. Doesn't mean they are bad but, will need to be given a charge for a few hours before use. I always like Interstate batteries because, at all their distributors, they will change them out on a regular basis so you get a fully charged battery from the start. I think for a diesel truck, they are worth the extra money.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:38 PM
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I bought the Duralast golds, which is an 8 yr battery with 3 year replacements no questions asked from Autozone. The terminals are dead tight and they don't even move around. I'm getting power to everything, radio, lights, and whatever else needs it. Even the gauge on the dash says it has enough to start it but I'm starting to sense it's not a battery problem.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:41 PM
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Check the start relay on the fender well. It looks just like the glow plug relay a 4 post relay. Make sure you have power going to the starter. You could use a meter to check or do the screw driver trick across the two large posts while the key is turned to the start you should have power across both posts. If you do then move to the starter and check all connections there. If you don't have power across the relay its probobly bad
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:46 PM
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Thanks alot, but as a pretty noob mechanic, where do I start? lol Sorry, not completely Ford Edjumacated here.

Oh and what is that vacuum type noise coming from when I try to crank the engine?
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that noise is most likely the vacuum pump
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:54 PM
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Its located on the passenger side fender well have someone turn the key for you to start you should here the relay click.
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Yep if you looking out the front window its on the right if you looking from front of vehicle its the left side
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Gotcha, will do this tomorrow morning. A dead CPS censor couldn't have caused this could it? I don't know the exact signs for a dead CPS or one thats about to die.
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Old 01-19-2008, 03:59 PM
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No your starter would still turn over with a bad cps. Basically a bad cps will stop the flow of fuel to the engine.
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