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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2017, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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### truck won't start

so , it started out as a good day .. like it always does

went to the bank and paid the 4 dollar fee for starting a hwy 407 account - my plates got stolen off a car I had in storage & someone used them for a free hwy 407 ride

then I drove across the parking lot to canadian tire to get some cat food (yeah I think that sounds weird too)

came out thinkin' I was all done my errands .. but the truck , she no startie

I tryed tightening the negitive clamp - it was loose - had an issue with it last year
nope
tryed grinding the cable clamps and posts clean .. nope

at this point I was outta tryables , in canadian tire's parking lot , with no tools

so this is what it's doing

I turn the key and all I get is a thunk sound , no clicking , no indication of any load being pulled from the battery - the alt gauge dosen't budge when I try cranking it

soo , I'm thinking it's the relay box on the firewall that all the cables run to

I'd figure it would show a pull on the battery if it was the starter or soloniod and yes the battery seems to be fully charged as everything else works just fine

I did go under hood about a week ago with the hose to wash things out after the winter so hopefully it's just going to be a bad contact on the relay
at least that's going to be the first thing I try - cleaning the terminals and cable ends

and just my luck the oh so close wrecker's is closed as all their buildings burned down a couple of weeks back
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That certainly is a not so great day. Hopefully it is something minor and simple like a bad contact or connector.
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Starter solenoid doesn't usually pull a lot of current. So are you getting the appropriate thunk or just a click?
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one thunk per start try

no click or clicking , just thunk ..
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Try tightening the starter bolts. Not too much. Just enough to clean the oxides off between the starter and the bellhousing. 1/8~1/4 turn. If it starts then you know what the problem is which is very typical. If not, use a booster cable from the battery negative to the starter casing. If any or all of this gets you started then run a tap through the starter mount bolts and upgrade by putting a large ground cable to the starter casing. The steel part not the aluminum part. I've yet to see a Ford that isn't repaired by this method usually permanently. If none of that works, you're probably in for a starter replacement.
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I was sure it was a connection someplace .. I jus knewit

turns out the terminal on the end of the positive cable down at the starter was rotted compleately off

gotta go to crappy tire this eve and scooop a new crimp on terminal and I should be good to go
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