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post #1 of 10 Old 01-10-2007, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Wouldn't start

Tried to start the truck lastnight. Turned the key and and all I got was the sound of a solenoid click. Batteries are good. Starter is new. Radio and lights worked fine. Placed foot on the brake, shifted in and out of gear. Turned off the rear sensor button, shifted gears again and the truck started. Does anyone have any ideas where to look for the problem?

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if solenoid clicked makes me wonder if starter hung for a second ,if wiring was bad solenoid wouldnt have clicked

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You MIGHT have a cable loose on the starter. Has happened to me more than once over the 9 vehicles I've owned. I'd check all the connections on your starting system and see if anything is at all loose.


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Thanks for the input. I'll look at it this weekend.

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I would also check connections or possibly a bad new starter I know but it happens
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Well, I learned my lesson about putting things off. Went out to try the truck on Monday. It did the same thing. Turn the key and nothing. Cleaned the 5" of snow from around the truck so I could crawl under it. Battery, solenoid, starter connections all tight. Left the truck and went to our local Ford dealer with questions. Powerstroke tech gone till Tuesday. Went home and tried the truck. It started. I was letting it run and, never heard what a truck sounds like when it is gelling. You guessed it, truck gelled and quit. I was running blended fuel with about 6-8 oz anti gell. Guess -14 is to cold.

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check under the dash where the shifter bolts on it might be loose does the shifter feel sloppy at all? if you lay on the floor look up under the dash by the steering column and wigle the shifter around you will see where it's loose if it is
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The shifter does feel loose. Can i tighten it up?

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did you look under the dash and wiggle the shifter around and see if it's loose under there theres a couple allen screws that you can tighten up if thats where it's loose
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Just a thought, when it does that, try starting it in nutral, it may be the nutral safty switch out of alignment. Hope that helps.

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