Ford Starter Solenoid Troubleshooting, Replacement And Function




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ew doggy: Having solenoid and starter problem think I have wired solenoid wrong starter kept running and burned up solenoid hooks up on driver side behind battery so wouldn't post furthiest away be were I hook everything up when I tried it no power to ignition no dash lights any help would be appreciated

Tyler Schmidt: if u go check my videos it shows how to change the ignition switch relay on earlier models

Bryce Deleon: hi i have a ford 2005 freestyle.  it would not turn over when cranking.  i got AAA to fix the problem by pounding on the starter so there would be a connection.  is it easy for me to replace the starter or should i go to the shop to get it done.  thanks
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Thomas Hernandez: I have a 1987 Ford F-150. Battery indicator light stays on while vehicle is in use. Have changed battery 3x's, replaced: starter, solenoid, alternater, and replaced + battery cable, am still draining battery.
I'm at my wits end with this, could you please give me some information on what else might be wrong.
When truck is jump started, it'll stay running for a short while, die and will not start again. 

G pa: No one has figured this one out. I hope you can.
2001 F-150 4.6  Automatic.
Symptoms;
Normal day temps in 40's plus.. no problems.
If it rains, before key is even in the ignition, the odometer has dashes across it, dummy lights are on. Put in key and try to start and it just turns over. Take the pos off the batt and put it right back on and truck starts fine. If it is still raining the radio is dead, no lights, time, nothing. Heat AC blower works fine. Windshield wipers won't turn on unless trans is moved to N, turn them on then they will work. They just won't shut back off unless put in N, turn off.
When it gets real cold, like now below 30, it does the same stuff but also the starter will keep re-engaging, it cycles on and off, in P or N but not when in D or R.
What do you think?

Todd Smith: I have a 1990 F150 with a 302.When I turn the key to the start position, I can hear the fuel pump engage and all the normal lights on the dash come on, but that is it. I have taken a screw driver and connected the two large posts on the solenoid and it starts just fine. The truck does have a manual transmission. Any ideas? 

Papito Q.: I need help my father in laws 1999 f150 will start and drive for about 5 to 10 minutes than it will die after he uses a screw driver to short out the solenoid (I think) it will go on for another 5 to 10 minutes and it will die again

Msr roa: I have a '86 f150 really starting to boggle me, should be so simple. I turned it off one day and when i returned it  just clicked , not once, but multi times, like it does with a low battery. I have a new battery and just checked the voltage 12.48v i replaced the solenoid, had the starter checked , was told it =was bad, but think they didn't know what they were doing, replaced the battery was still under warranty. I'm curious as to how to check the cables for resistance  not sure if the voltage drop test will work or not, since i'm not getting any noise at the starter , almost like my voltage is stopping at the solenoid  I suspect the ground or positive cable form the negative battery terminal and from the solenoid . I cleaned and checked all the connections, everything appears to look ok  please help

Thomas Salley: Hi There, Nice Video. I have a 1990 Ford f250 with a 460. I have problems with starting. When the engine is cold, the starter turns good and starts up. After running the engine to temp, if i try to start, sometimes the starter sounds sluggish. sometimes it will crank and sometimes it will barely turn over. Battery was tested and good. i have replaced the starter, ignition coil, and ignition switch. i have heard that the 460s have heat sink, where the engine heat is absorbed by the starter. I have wrapped the starter in heat shield, but it does not seem to make much difference. My next step was going to be to upgrade from 4 gauge to 1/0 batter cable, and also wrap the headers. any thoughts anyone?

Dirtyblac: I have a '86 Ford F-150 somehow my starter wont disengage... I changed the solenoid and brought a brand new starter... every time I plug up the negative post to the battery the starter trys to crank the truck without the keys..should i buy a new ignition switch or look for wiring problems..

Terri Nelson: Hi I have a 92 ford explorer. ...It wouldn't start just clicked once. ..changed the starter, solenoid, and positive cable from battery to starter...now it starts but starter won't disengage. ..help please

Randy Wyant: I recently replaced by starter and solenoid, also the transmission.   after I finished hooking it up., it started fine., but, I noticed that my gauges were kind of screwy....   the temp guage rose fast., fuel guage is reading full., the other gauges are suspect,,, after it runs for a few minutes I flipped on the headlights and the van died..   do you have any ideas to check?

ChyAnne Micah: so I have a 1991 ford f150 xlt lariat 351c truck and it has issues starting, I try to start it and the solenoid just clicks. but I have replaced the solenoid, the starter, and the ignition switch. but I noticed in this video it says that the positive battery cable and all other things besides the starter cable go on the port that is next to the batter. when I bought the truck, the guy who I bought it from said there was just problems with the solenoid, but the cords were backwards. the cable going to the starter is closest to the battery and that is how it was when I bought it. so I reconnected the new one the same way and it still clicks. advice? and are the cables the wrong way? because it starts when I use a screwdriver.

Jerry Braun: How professional !  Best video I have seen on You Tube for instruction.  I arc'd or jumped my solenoid with a screw driver, big post to big post, and with key in on position, it starts up, so I think it is solenoid issue (only clunks once with just key turn, and no jumper to help).  I am going to replace mine today, and thought I would search out any nuances, and I got a nice education in the process.  I probably would have just disconnected and reconnected to same posts as shown, but glad to see there is nothing else to consider, yet.

Nafir Alvarez: My solenoid clicks but Ford truck wont start. Batteries good and so is wire from ignition to solenoid. I got a screw driver and did the old solenoid trick connecting the 2 bolts and turning the ignition on but no start. Do I have a bad Solenoid?

Jared Whitman: I have a 78 Ford F100.  Drove the truck to work today and as I was leaving my home it stalled on me.  Lately it has been having a little trouble when I start it up in the morning after sitting overnight and I'll need to give it some gas a couple times to keep it from stalling.  When I went to leave work I was getting the loud clicking noise from the solenoid exactly like in your video.  I was ready to go out and get a new starter until I watched this.  Does it sound to you like my issue is just a poor connection/low charge on my battery?  My commute to work is only about 4 miles and is all city driving (nothing over 35mph usually), should I worry about my battery going dead on me?  Thanks!

Ricky Farmer: i have a 02 ford f-150 replaced the solenoid on it because it just wouldnt do anything.  After putting a new solenoid on the starter was hanging bad and you could start to smell so i also put a new started on it. After the new starter got on it is still hanging up after it is started i put a test light on the wire that goes to the s post and it lights up when key is turned and goes off when you let the key off.  Could it be i just got a bad solenoid or does the starter need to be shimmed or what please give me some advice as i'm lost....

David G: Thanks for well done informative video.  It helped me to diagnosis and replace my solenoid.  My old truck is up and running and ready for work.  cheers. 

KEYSERSOZE1965: Also Mark, is it possible that the engine will not crank when I turn the key if the KEY ITSELF is bad, as if the chip inside has worn out???

KEYSERSOZE1965: Hi mark, I have a 2000 Ford Ranger. Over the last week there were times that the truck did not want to crank, it would not do ANYTHING. and then it would crank fine. I took it to Autozone and had them test the battery to find out that the battery was bad. They replaced the battery and the truck started up fine with one crank. Since then however the truck has not cranked at all. I have power, the battery works, the starter is no less than 3 months old and everything APPEARS to be in working order. I can turn the key for the ignition but all I here is a slight whirring noise and a small click around the power distribution box. The engine will not crank, absolutely nothing. What could be the problem? i

I should note the solenoid was not replaced when the starter was replaced back in January. Could this be the problem or does it sound like something else? Please Help!!!

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