October 8, 2009I stopped at the mail box, shut it off (need to put mb key on other ring eh?) got mail, got in, turned key and the starter doesnt even try to engage. I took it out of park, tried to start in neutral, put it back in park and nothing. I check the battery connections and they are tight, and not corroded looking. I havent pulled the cables yet, got any ideas?
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October 8, 2009Check the cable at the starter. My 99 F150 did that at a gas pump and it was that cable corroded at the starter.
October 8, 2009Ok will go look at her right now! Will let ya know, and thanks for the reply!
October 8, 2009Well... pulled the battery cables, and only a little white powdery corrosion and none between the post and connector, just surface stuff. Then I pulled the wires off the solinoid and they were clean. I tried to start it after each one, and it wouldn't do anything. Then I traced the wire going from the battery to the starter, and it felt like it had a cap over the bolt or something, so I tried wiggled the wire and it didn't move, so I pulled on it a little for lack of a better word and then it started right up. Good thing I let it sit for about thirty minutes or it could have been quite warm around the exhaust.
I didn't want to crawl under it as it was next to the curb on the street. So I guess I will grab a new set of cables and put them in.
Thanks for the tip!
October 10, 2009Stopped by Autozone, picked up a 60" cable, two lugs (one 6 ga. and one 4 ga.) and a battery terminal connector for less than $15.00. Cut end off new cable, cut off end of old cables, installed new cable, stripped insulation off 6ga. wire that goes from factory connector to solinoid on the firewall, stripped insulation off new cable. Installed lugs, and attached them to new terminal connector, reattached battery cables and viola it started.
I WILL order the Motorcraft cable assembly, from Amazon.com they have it for $68.11 (free shipping), vs $131 + tax from my dealer. But for $15 bucks I got her home and that alone was worth it.
February 3, 2010Just realized that I never dropped by to say how this went... thought I had it fixed with the home made cable... it corrected it for a couple of days then it died again. I ended up having to replace the starter. The starter motor was fine, but the relay on top was coming apart inside, and not making contact all the time. Fun thing is they do not sell that to the public, so I got a life time rebuilt one from autozone.