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Old 02-21-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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So my 1997 F350 mason dump ran yesterday, and is dead this morning. Yesterday, I put my plow on at about 430pm and then at 1 this afternoon all i could get from it was a single click. Has this happened to anyone? is it the starter???
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:06 PM   #2
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battety? alt? belt? check the easy stuff first

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:08 PM   #3
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batteries are fine, tried jumping, and even jumping with a power pack. everything on the dash is status quo. I sanded down the battery terminals, cleaned the connectors and still, just a click when the key is turned, then nothing. no noise, nothing...
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batteries are fine, tried jumping, and even jumping with a power pack. everything on the dash is status quo. I sanded down the battery terminals, cleaned the connectors and still, just a click when the key is turned, then nothing. no noise, nothing...
I am no mechanic, but is there a solenoid that you can cross?
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I would check the solenoid.
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Yep, solenoid would be the first stop after the battery.
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Check the cables that go down to the starter. I had this happen multiple times until i could trace it back to the starter. The cable was either loose or dirty. Cant tell which one as i pulled loose and cleaned at the same time. You can test this when it gives you nothing, crawl underneath and wiggle cables. Then try to start.
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usually you get a click that's your solenoid working,sounds like a cable or corroded terminal
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usually you get a click that's your solenoid working,sounds like a cable or corroded terminal
Agreed, but that doesn't mean it's passing juice. I'd rather check that first before crawling underneath.
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no i agree Tinmaster
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Solenoid, battery connections; remove and clean. wd-40, baking soda, vaseline, wrenches and you may be fine.

Never hurts to stick a charger on the battery while you are doing this.

You can trying jumping across the solanoid, or jumping bypassing the starter cable using jumper cables. Make sure you have a clean ground connection as well. Check the smaller wires that run to the soleniod as well, could be dirty/corroded

Be damned careful jumping if you don't know what you are doing.

Usually if it is a starter you'll get some noise, chatter, clicking. If you have a spare person have em tap the starter while you attempt to start the engine. It doesn't sound like this is la problema, but it's a last gasp try.

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