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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-28-2014, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Starter Ticking When Cold

Hey Guy's, just got my new to me 03 F-150 Supercrew 5.4l two day's ago. Yesturday first morning I have it and it didn't start, just a ticking sound, I thought it was the battery, put the booster on and nothing but the same ticking. Called the dealer I bought it from and they came and got it. It started right away for them but I had left the charger on the battery till they got here. They let it sit for an hour at the shop and it did the same. so the brought it inside and looked at it. They claim the starter is frozen, the said they dryed it out and said it must be due to the fact they washed the truck the other day. ok I said plausible. But this morning again around -30 and same thing. So I went under the hood with a screwdriver and touched the sylenoid and played around till it turned over and started. Im thinking its the starter. Would like you guy's opinion before I talk to the dealer again, incase he try's beating around the bush. Its a local chevy dealership.

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either the starter is going or you've got a bad connection at the starter, used to happen to me on my 96 F150. Check to make sure you've got good and clean connections for all 3 wires going to the starter

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-28-2014, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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The dealer yesturday took the starter off the truck to put it in a drying thing, when I talk to him this morning he just said bring it in enough fooling around were going to replace the starter. Thanks for you reply

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How's the nut holding down the + cable to the starter? They are known to rust and cause problems. You can replace it with a non corrosive nut.

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Its a local chevy dealership.
There's your problem right there.

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You let chevy mechanics, and I use the term mechanics loosely here, touch your Ford truck? Forget it! Just take the truck out into and open field and burn it! It's like letting the Canadian flag touch the ground. Goto church and attempt to get absolution for your sins! Buy another Ford truck. Don't show up to any GTG's for awhile. And, next time, try tightening the starter bolts first!

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Haha....yes I agree. .. the reason I brought it back their is cause I had just bought it from them two day prior... I wasnt being charged for the work.... it was the starter cause they it off and dried it in an type of oven, then put it back on and the next morning it did the same thing.... so the replaaced the starter yesturday and this morning still cold here and it started fine... im gonna be taking advantage of the fact they told me before I bought that it will be running perfect. Cause when I test drove it it was runninh like shi*..... they change a COP and replaced a cracked spark plug..... now it runs like a champ and better then my old 99 f150 did back when I had it. As for '' mechanics working on it... well I do agree with you... but the one guy is my dads buddy so I know he'll take good care of her.

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