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01 F250 problem

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Evan528, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    I was wondering if anyone could help me troubleshoot my problem. When I went to start this truck yesterday I turned the key...... the radio and heat came on fine (tells me battery is fine) but the truck dosnt even turn as if the battery was dead. For about 30 seconds after turning the key I here a ticking noise that sounds like the turn signal coming from below the fuse box. The remote start will start the truck without any problem. The key will not shut the truck off as well.... I need to use the remote to turn the truck off. Does this sound like an electrical problem with the wiring for the remote start or possibly something with the ignition?
    Any help would be appreciated.:help:
  2. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Don't know about yours, but '97 F350s have issues with ignition wires. There are two in the column that are known to chaff and short out. Mine actually started to act up and I wired a remote push button start (hey it's an old beater!) rather than play with it. Have you tried starting it by jumping the solenoid across the posts? If it starts then you most likely have a problem with the ignition circuit, either in the column, or the wiring to the solenoid.

    Here are some links to some Ford forums. Lots of info. there, try posting your question.




  3. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    The problem has miraculously fixed itself! Go figure!
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Better check for loose or frayed wires. Something is not right and it would be all bad to find out miles from home that a wire breaks or shorts out and causes a fire.
  5. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Which is what mine did for awhile, then a pfft of smoke out of the column, and then nada, that's when I found out about the wire shorting problem from the Ford forums. May be worthwhile to look into it yourself, or have it checked before it escalates into stranding you.

  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Nah, it didn't fix it's self. It's just waiting for when your running late and really need the truck to start. Or your far from home and at the mercy of repair garage you don't know.
  7. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    I did speak to my mechanic about the problem. He was sure it was a problem with the remote start system and referred me to a specialist who deals only with remote starts and audio assesories. Basically I was told that the remote start system has a security feature that prevents the car from being started if the unlock button on the remote isnt pushed twice.... once to unlock the truck and once to disarm the system. ..... he was able to duplicate the syptom....lock and then unlock the doors and it started. After having the truck for almost 5 months I didnt even know it had this feature... I think I typicallly press the remote unlock buttom 3 or 4 times on all my cars as I am approaching them.

    BTW- this is just a backup work truck for me. I have put about 600 miles on it in the 5 months I have had it.
  8. dellwas

    dellwas Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Well that's good to know, will fle this one away for future reference...glad you nailed it! :nod: