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post #1 of 14 Old 01-15-2014, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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2002 f250 starting problems

Okay my 7.3 starts but acts like batteries would be dead, so changed batteries and same thing. So I also changed the glow plug relay also and checked the starter connection. I'm stumped, it also seems like there would not be enough fuel so if anyone would have ensite please let me know.
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I had a similar problem with my truck (new batteries ).I ended up replacing the starter and the truck starts up great! I am not saying that is your problem. How ever starters are not that costly. Worth a try. thats my 2cents.
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Have you put a voltmeter to it anywhere? What values are you seeing?


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No I haven't put a voltmeter, what values u talking about
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In order to isolate an issue, you have to see what value (or numbers) everything is doing. Start with separating the batteries and testing them. Put them pack together and see what they're measuring. Measure voltage from every hot wire that has anything to do with starting the truck from the batteries to the starter to the GPR and so on. If you isolate a voltage drop there's your problem. It's easiest to work with a friend in the driver's seat that can cycle the key when you tell them to. This is so much easier than just guessing if it's just your batteries or just the GPR.

Define: "acts like batteries would be dead" What else is it doing?


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could it be a short, because the screen that shows the compass has not been working
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Any news on this project yet?

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Battery cables or starter I'll bet money on it.



That is what the start cables on our trucks look like. Ford used an open crimp terminal, the problem with that is that the end of the wire is exposed. When I cut mine open about 8" up the cable showed corrosion.

Pretty much everybody with an SD more than 8-10 years old would benefit from new cables, and be surprised how much. Good cables will also help the starter live a longer life, bad cables will kill a starter in the same way that weak batteries do

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alright im offshore right now, where does that wire all run to, can you just get one at a local parts house?
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you can get it at rock auto and ford dealerships.

it runs from battery to battery, then off to the starter and over to the pass fender to the relay there.

i got mine from the local ford dealer for $125 out the door.

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