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has anyone ever had this problem

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by marvin dean, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. marvin dean

    marvin dean Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    my 97 f-250 light duty has been running great until i went to start it and it wont crank i have power every where and battery is fully charged and all the lights are bright but all i get is a click at the relay on the fire wall it seems like the starter isn't getting power to crank has anyone ever had this problem?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Sounds like it's time for a starter.
  3. Little Jon

    Little Jon Senior Member
    from Buffalo
    Messages: 139

    Is it a single click or a series of clicks. I had the single click on my dakota and after doing every thing short of a new starter, I got rid of it. The series of clicks we get when its cold and the battery is drained, but the lights and everything else works.
  4. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Sounds like you need a new starter or solenoid.
  5. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    On the Fords they have a little wire that goes to the starter solenoid @ the starter it's a blue wire and has a female connector check that connection chance are it is corroded.
  6. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    I second that DJ, same thing happened to my 97...check those wires first, then replace the solenoid. Good luck
  7. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157

    starter solenoid ( fender mount ) they go bad all the time
  8. tim096

    tim096 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 100

    If the solnoid is clicking it is most likely still good. Check the positive cable at the starter it is very common for these to be corroaded or even rotted off. You might end up needing a starter because the bolt on the solnoid might brake when trying to remove it to replace the battery cable. Try ever hard not to brake it. these starters can be a real pia to remove on these trucks .hope this helps

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Sounds like you need a good hammer.
  10. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    ford uses magnetic starters meaning no brushes, so the hammer trick wont work on anything newer than 92 I think.
  11. Mudman78

    Mudman78 Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 103

    On my 5.4L the positive battery cable end broke off at the starter.
  12. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    Yup, need a starter. I think you already got that though ;)
  13. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Make sure the truck is in park or out of gear before doing this:
    Carefully with gloves on use the handles of a pair of bare metal pliers to bypass the starter solenoid. Put one handle of the pliers on the large post on the solenoid and the other on the (large) post that has the wire that leads to the starter. This shorts across the solenoid and will trigger the starter. ( Hence why it needs to be out of gear )
    Be careful the pliers may get very hot if the starter is bad or shorted. If the starter operates normally it's a bad fender solenoid, replace it.
    Parts stores will check the starter for you if you take it off. Make a note of how the cable goes on the starter. If you don't, it can take a while to figure it out.
  14. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    had the same prob w/my f-250..it was the starter since then she starts every time no prob.

  15. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I forgot to mention clean all the cable connections. Protect them with Dielectric grease. Nine times out of ten it does no good but it worth a try.