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post #1 of 18 Old 03-22-2014, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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intermittent no crank

Hey all,

So I drove about 220 miles miles with on stop 150 miles in. Now at final destination, truck has been sitting for 4 hours, go out to start it and it a won't go.

All lights come up, won't even turn over or try.

One of the relays? But which one?

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So... I plugged in my Bluetooth obd, turned it over, and it fired up. Pretty random.

Could the obd port have anything to do with it?

Ran it up and down the street, turned it off and on a few times. Everything seems normal.

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I will guess at bad battery post connection on positive or negative.
Lights will work but no power to crank engine. Then it by luck works. Check them battery connections


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I'd be thinking the NSSW (Neutral Safety SW) or the starter has a bad "spot" in it.

If it happens again, Lift the shift selector Up, past P, or try N and see if that does it. If it does, check the linkage for slop because the Torx bolts have come lose above the brake pedal.

You can often "fix" a hung starter with a Hammer, by rapping on the motor itself to jiggle things...

The Headlight are a good indication of where the problem lies. See if they Dim when you try to crank it over. If they Don't, it has nothing to do with the batteries.

Oh, and there's No Chance it has Anything to do with the OBD-II port
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Yep, plenty of juice to power everything but no crank whatsoever. About to go try it after sitting all night.

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Didn't notice a dim in the headlights last night and I checked the neutral switch bolts last night cause the truck had done that to me before but she wouldn't start in N either. I'll check the starter today.

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Just pulled it on me again at the filling station... moved the shifter to neutral and it started up. Gonna triple check the neutral safety switch...

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Is your shifter getting sloppy? Check out youtube for "loose shift rail". That will show you the two torx bolts NoRalPh was talking about.

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i second neutral safety switch. The original worked fine on my 2003 7.3 but the shifter got real stiff to move. So i replaced NSS with new one and I had the same intermittent problems as you. The new one was bad, replaced with another new one and all is fine.
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starter relay im think'n. check the volts on output lug

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