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post #1 of 10 Old 09-04-2008, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Another flippin no start issue

I in need of some serious help here. I don't want to break down and spend the 2-300 dollars to have it diagnosed before I have a better idea of what the deal is. I have a 97 250 7.3 for some reason i had a problem where it would not start for about 4 minutes. The batteries were fully charged and everything else was fine. The crank didn't turn and when I turned the ignition the only thing I heard was whatever sound it makes when the ignition is turned to start. Sounded kind of like a click. Only one though. All the lights turned on, the stereo turned on, I didn't have any warning lights up. I waited about 4 minutes and turned the ignition again and the truck started up and I didn't have any problems for about 3 months. Then a couple days ago my girlfriend had the same problem.. waited about 4 minutes and it started. Now today I have the same problem and it will not start. Where is the first place I should look? Has anyone had a similar problem? I'm in Alaska does anyone know of a reasonable and TRUSTWORTHY mechanic up here? I am afraid of taking it to a place like Powerstrokes of Alaska because they seem to be pretty high priced. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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CPS maybe. CPS is the cam position sensor and if that goes out then the truck won't start or might have a hard start condition.
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Is there any way to check the cam position sensor myself? Without taking it somewhere? Also, from what I understand and please correct and educate me if I am wrong but if the CPS is dead won't the truck still crank? What do I look for to tell me for sure if it is bad? Thanks for the quick response and the help guys. Also how much should a CPS cost to replace and have installed?
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The way to diagnose a bad CPS is to try it on another truck. Other than that you would need to buy a new CPS and hope it works. I suggest getting a CPS form Ford or an International dealer.
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check your connections to your batteries, make sure they are clean(if any doubt clean them) and tight a loose or corroder clamp will cause this symptom

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So the truck started up the very next day no problems at all. Is that something the CPS does? I am beginning to think that maybe the starter cylinoid is going out? Does that sound like it might be right? From what I have read when a CPS goes out it's out and that is done, no more starting
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Weak batteries, solenoid or ignition switch. A cps issue would still crank

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The ignition switch.... can anyone tell me what I might be expected to pay for an ignition switch or a solenoid? I am really paranoid about the places up here. Everyone repair shop seems to have a derogatory reputation!
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What I might pay to have it replaced at a shop that is.
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