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F250 '85 not starting!

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by elevate, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. elevate

    elevate Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    First post here! Thanks for all the help in advance!

    Was out plowing last big storm and ran into a problem. The truck is old and worked pretty hard. But, when it runs it runs good!

    As I was saying. Came to a stop and just to put truck in park and she died. Figured I needed another starter Solenoid so I let it cool down. Went back to her and turned the key, NOTHING! I mean nothing! Lights work, dash lights work and everything comes on when you turn the key. But, nothing going to starter. You can jump it by crossing the solenoid but that is the only way right now.

    Any suggestions?
  2. Mudman78

    Mudman78 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 103

    Sounds like the neutral safety switch is bad. Did you try starting it with the trans in neutral instead of park?
  3. elevate

    elevate Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Tried starting in neutral.
    checked the inert switch.
    checked the harness off the volt reg.

    Kind of at loss!
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Is there a vacuum line? I thought I heard that once.
  5. snowcan

    snowcan Member
    Messages: 52

    That truck is old enough that it would hard to say what's wrong, but start with checking for power at the input of the solenoid.I f you have power there replace the solenoid. If you don't have power there you will have to start tracing the ignition switch circuit which does go through the neutral safety switch, you will need a wiring diagram and test lamp.Check for the obvious first like a bad ground or bad connection or fusible link.....good luck
  6. elevate

    elevate Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Tracing everything was going to be the next step. I have feeling it is in the ignition switch at the steering column. Guys at the shop don't think so. We will have to see what happens.

    Thanks for all the help!

    I will keep you posted on progress.
  7. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    If you have to jump the solenoid, I would say it's the solenoid. I had an '86 and I thought I had a bad solenoid once, but the contacts were just loose. Solenoids are cheap so don't feel bad if that's not it.
  8. yzf1000_rider

    yzf1000_rider Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    if all else fails you can take and put a push button in for the starter and just use the key to energize everthing.
  9. elevate

    elevate Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Thought of that. It might be an option we would have to take.

    The solenoid is brand new!