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98 F150 wont start

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by herb1001, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. herb1001

    herb1001 Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    98 f150 auto

    Not starting:

    Jumper box is hooked ok so got the battery covered.

    Tried it in both N and P

    not cranking at all, but I do here the solenoid click one time when I turned the key.

    When I turn the head lights and turn the key I don’t think they are dimming.

    Anyone got an ideas. I don’t have a volt meter with me.
  2. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    Fuel or fire, sounds like you have fire. Check the fuse for the fuel pump next. Can you hear the fuel pump at all?
  3. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    Really, it's not cranking and you think the fuel pump might be bad??? :dizzy:

    If you have a click, you're probably hearing the starter relay, next down the line is the starter. Make sure you have power there (relay could still be bad even if it's clicking) and try tapping on the side of the starter motor with a hammer.
  4. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    check your wire from the bat 2 the starter make sure its not grounded 2 your manifolds
  5. herb1001

    herb1001 Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    no luck with hitting the starter with a hammer
  6. rofoth6

    rofoth6 Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 67

    9 times out of 10 with me if the syliond clicks then its the starter.
    starter for that truck ( gasser ) runs about 68 dollers
    sylinod about 10 dollars
  7. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    My money's on it needing a starter...
  8. streetscrapin16

    streetscrapin16 Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    I had it happen to me on a 89 f150 and it clicked and it needed a starter.
  9. Jgramlich

    Jgramlich Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Starter. Jump the solenoid just in case.
  10. bill7101

    bill7101 Member
    Messages: 34

    12 volt test lights are a cheap check, go to the started side of the solinoid and have someone turn key to start and see if the light comes on then if it does check it at the starter to make sure the wire isnt bad rules out these issues
  11. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Take a pair on pliers and use the handles to jump the large terminals on the solenoid. Touch each handle to the large terminals and it should trigger the starter. Be prepared to let go of the pliers. If the starter is dead shorted they will get real hot quick! If that triggers the starter the solenoid is bad. Also the neutral starter switch could be bad or need adjusted.
  12. Chris112lee

    Chris112lee Member
    Messages: 64

    Probably starter.

    DIRISHMAN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,256

    Yep i agree with MIKI I have a 97 F250 with A 5.8 -351 and had same issue placement of the starter on these are easey to get to and install also they can become corroded while under truck while in the winter eliments ( SALT) !!! WILL AFECT ALL TERMINALS ON STARTER.. My bet is the starter -take the 2 bolt out and disconect the cables from the starter and bring it in to a local auto parts store have them bench test it and get a new starter when they say it failed. Not hard to do just a little bit of time Good luckThumbs Up
  14. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Thick Red wire from battery to starter the clip on the end where it boltss to the starter is shot
  15. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    on these new mod motors, do they still have the small trigger wire on the solenoid on the starter that goes bad like the old body style trucks had?
    i ain't messed too much with the mod motors, but know all about the small wire connector corroding off on the older engines.