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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-27-2008, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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drove my truck today everything was working fine, went to leave work and nothing. No crank, no click, no nothing. I'm assuming its the starter but heard it could be a problem with the solinoid.

Bassically how do I check and is this something I can tackle changing myself, assuming it is the starter.
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ive been haveing the same problem with my truck, what year is your truck? mine has been the started wire, there was a crack in the wire and when i went to start wouldnt work until i went and moved the wire a bit and had someone else start it, also the end prongs were broken to.


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sorry, its a 2000 F150 xlt, reg cab 4x4
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Just thought of something... I know my battery was on its last legs (father in law is a mech and mentioned that a month or so ago). Is it possible the battery has enough power to run the electronics (lights, radio, windows) but not start the truck?
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When you try to start do your lights dim
If yes then its a battery



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For a 100 bucks change your battery asap.

If you don't already know your starter is accessible from underneath the truck up beside your oil pan on the passenger side, very easy part to change. Disconnect power and ground from solenoid, remove the three mounting bolts, then install new starter reverse order, just remember to disconnect the battery

Like Coruptyed said have someone try to start it while you wiggle the power wire on your starter and if that don't work try hitting the solenoid (small cylinder attached to starter with all the wires) with something like a ratchet extension(that's what I used) while trying to start it.

I bought my self a new starter a couple years back and when I when to change it turned out the starter was fine but my power cable was finished, I still put in the new starter, figured why not, and fixed my cable of course.


You don't have to buy new you can get starters rebuilt just ask a local shop about it.


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