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Old 02-09-2011, 04:30 AM
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Another starting problem. Nothing happens when key turns

I have been having trouble getting this truck to start. 99 F-250.
It starts great when 30 degrees or higher, but if it gets colder I have to plug it in and if it is below 5 degrees it will crank, but not start. I tested the relay and it was fine so I figured it was glow plugs. Batteries are less than 1 year old and tested fine. I drove the thing yesterday no problem and was planning to drive to shop today after work and drop it off.

It got down to 7 or so last night, but I plugged it in ALL night to make sure and I get in this am, do the wait to start, and then nothing happened on the key turn. No noise,no cranking, no clicking, no buzzing. Nothing. Lights seemed bright, radio and other lights worked so the batteries weren't toast. What else could this be? I just go the alt replaced two weeks ago. Any ideas? This truck drives me bonkers. Thanks all!
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:07 PM
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Is it an automatic trans or standard?
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:44 PM
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Auto transmission.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:03 AM
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get something and hit the starter a couple of times
it sounds like the starter
you need to check and clean all electric connections(that includes the ground connections)
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did you check the fuse?
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:08 PM
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The in cab fuse box!? Good place to start. I don't even know what the ground for the starter is.
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:51 PM
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Try and put the trans in neutral and start it.
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:00 AM
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Okay, well I feel stupid. Started in neutral and then I put it back in park and it started again. Is that sign of something or is it just sensitive to be put all the way in park? It is sloppy in there. Thanks!!!!
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:41 PM
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Neutral safety switch sometimes acts up. Doesnt mean that it going out it just happens sometimes. I have ran across this a number of times and as far as I know none of them have been replaced yet.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:22 PM
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my shifter is a little loose as well, my first thought was to change the neutral safety switch also, but still some times doesnt start in park, i really have to throw the shifter into park every time now, just to make sure i don't roll when i'm exiting the truck
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