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Old 02-13-2014, 02:47 AM
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'00 F350 STARTER KEEPS STICKING

Hello everybody;


I'm new to the forums here and in need of some help quickly to correct a major problem with my rig and get it moved out of the street. I have a 2000 f350 with a 7.3 in it and it has given me this same problem twice now. It cranks over and tries to start but never actually does, and the starter refuses to kick off until it drains both batteries completely dead. I can pull the key out and it still cranks, and the only wat to get it to quit is to let the batteries drain down. It does it so fast I don't have time to pull the cables off before they're dead.

The solenoid on the fender is a week old, the starter is a month old (had to replace it last time this happened) and almost all of the wiring in the starting circuit has been replaced (had some insulation damage and mouse chews).

Last time it did this I spent a week checking circuits and rewiring everything and it ran perfectly until now. I am out of ideas here and the city is griping for me to move it out of the street from in front of my friend's house where I came to visit.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as I'm stumped. Thanks in advance to anyone who could help me solve this problem.
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pulling up a wiring diagram and understanding how the entire circuit operates is always a good start. it sounds like an issue with the ign. switch.myou can remove it and test using continuity
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Old 02-13-2014, 05:26 AM
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pulling up a wiring diagram and understanding how the entire circuit operates is always a good start. it sounds like an issue with the ign. switch.myou can remove it and test using continuity
Thanks a lot. That's about the only place I haven't looked or tested yet. Will check that out and see what I come up with. Much appreciate your help
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you have a short to power, aka an electric gremlin....can be hard to find.
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Definitely sounds like a short or the starter solenoid could be stuck on.
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Welded/sticking contacts on the solenoid from, low voltage.

Get new batteries because if they are dying that fast. They are your problem.

Low voltage means more heat through the wire.
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Welded/sticking contacts on the solenoid from, low voltage.

Get new batteries because if they are dying that fast. They are your problem.

Low voltage means more heat through the wire.
I really appreciate everybody's help here. As of this evening, I have spent today replacing batteries, checking starter and solenoid, replacing ignition switch, and going over everything else again. I reconnected both battteries and starter spun up again and tried to go (with key still off). Unhooked batteries, undid signal wire on relay on fender, and touched grounds to posts again and everything was normal. So I need to find my short between relay and ignition switch. Talked to several people today and I know this is more common an issue than I thought.
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Old 02-14-2014, 05:25 AM
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iirc, there is a harness which is susceptible to rubbing at the steering column. i can't remember off the top of my head what it normally caused, but i do recall this spot as being common.

you don't have an aftermarket alarm on here do you?
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:22 AM
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iirc, there is a harness which is susceptible to rubbing at the steering column. i can't remember off the top of my head what it normally caused, but i do recall this spot as being common.

you don't have an aftermarket alarm on here do you?
No It is stock as far as I know. Will check that next. Thanks
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sounds like the switch on the steering column to me. the switch will fail then u get these kind of problems.
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