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1996 Ford F-150 Electrical Cranking Issue

Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to start
it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.  Sometimes it
will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose maybe???
I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time, right?
The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is a
yellow top Optima.

Thank you.

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  1. admin says:

    "lugnut" <lug…@bellsouth.net> wrote in message

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    > On Thu, 02 Mar 2006 15:04:39 GMT, "Name" <nos…@mchsi.com>
    > wrote:

    > >Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to
    start
    > >it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
    > >click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.  Sometimes
    it
    > >will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose
    maybe???
    > >I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time, right?
    > >The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is a
    > >yellow top Optima.

    > >Thank you.

    > Start by removing and cleaning the ignition wire at the
    > starter solenoid.  They sometimes get loos and/or corrode.
    > Brush or scrape it well.   Use pliers to tighten the
    > connector a bit before reinstalling and coat it well all
    > over with silicon or other waterproff grease.  You may have
    > to remove a ceramic heat shield to access it.  The shield
    > just snaps on.  The connector has a lock tang that must be
    > squeezed a bit to unlock as you remove it.  If this does not
    > do it, another problem is sometimes the solenoid on the
    > right fender apron.  It will click but is corroded
    > internally so that a connection is not good enough.  I don’t
    > know of a repair other than replacement if this is the
    > problem.

    > Lugnut

    Ah, dang!  I hope it’s not the second one.  I’ll check into those.

    Would you say that it is definitely NOT the battery or the battery terminal
    connection?

    Thanks!

  2. admin says:

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    lugnut wrote:
    > On Thu, 02 Mar 2006 15:04:39 GMT, "Name" <nos…@mchsi.com>
    > wrote:

    >>Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to start
    >>it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
    >>click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.  Sometimes it
    >>will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose maybe???
    >>I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time, right?
    >>The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is a
    >>yellow top Optima.

    >>Thank you.

    > Start by removing and cleaning the ignition wire at the
    > starter solenoid.  They sometimes get loos and/or corrode.
    > Brush or scrape it well.   Use pliers to tighten the
    > connector a bit before reinstalling and coat it well all
    > over with silicon or other waterproff grease.  You may have
    > to remove a ceramic heat shield to access it.  The shield
    > just snaps on.  The connector has a lock tang that must be
    > squeezed a bit to unlock as you remove it.  If this does not
    > do it, another problem is sometimes the solenoid on the
    > right fender apron.  It will click but is corroded
    > internally so that a connection is not good enough.  I don’t
    > know of a repair other than replacement if this is the
    > problem.

    > Lugnut

    Don’t forget the main ground lug to the block while your at it….

    I had a taurus starter that did similar. Found during inspection
    a rebuilt starter with a cheap after market solenoid on it that
    would work if i wiggled it.

    Turn on the headlights when you have a no start. Do the headlights
    dim when it clicks and you have a no start condition? That will
    lead you in the direction of the problem.

    Bob

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  3. admin says:

    Name wrote:
    > Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to start
    > it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
    > click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.  Sometimes it
    > will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose maybe???
    > I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time, right?
    > The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is a
    > yellow top Optima.

    > Thank you.

    Do you have an alarm or kill switch or passive anti theft system?


    Thank you,

    "Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
    man’s wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not heard." Ecclesiastes 9:16

  4. admin says:

    "lugnut" <lug…@bellsouth.net> wrote in message

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    > On Thu, 02 Mar 2006 18:51:10 GMT, "Name" <nos…@mchsi.com>
    > wrote:

    > >"lugnut" <lug…@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
    > >news:lb4e021k5del2snr6cvai4c3jje1lcqci5@4ax.com…
    > >> On Thu, 02 Mar 2006 15:04:39 GMT, "Name" <nos…@mchsi.com>
    > >> wrote:

    > >> >Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to
    > >start
    > >> >it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
    > >> >click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.
    Sometimes
    > >it
    > >> >will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose
    > >maybe???
    > >> >I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time,
    right?
    > >> >The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is
    a
    > >> >yellow top Optima.

    > >> >Thank you.

    > >> Start by removing and cleaning the ignition wire at the
    > >> starter solenoid.  They sometimes get loos and/or corrode.
    > >> Brush or scrape it well.   Use pliers to tighten the
    > >> connector a bit before reinstalling and coat it well all
    > >> over with silicon or other waterproff grease.  You may have
    > >> to remove a ceramic heat shield to access it.  The shield
    > >> just snaps on.  The connector has a lock tang that must be
    > >> squeezed a bit to unlock as you remove it.  If this does not
    > >> do it, another problem is sometimes the solenoid on the
    > >> right fender apron.  It will click but is corroded
    > >> internally so that a connection is not good enough.  I don’t
    > >> know of a repair other than replacement if this is the
    > >> problem.

    > >> Lugnut

    > >Ah, dang!  I hope it’s not the second one.  I’ll check into those.

    > >Would you say that it is definitely NOT the battery or the battery
    terminal
    > >connection?

    > >Thanks!

    > Battery terminals are part of routine maintenance.  If they
    > have not been checked since the problem started, they should
    > also be checked.  This is a common problem for all cars.
    > The two I described first are fairly common since Ford went
    > to the dual solenoid scheme a few years ago.  I do not know
    > the TSB on it offhand, but, there is (was?) a terminal
    > repair kit for the igntion wire to the starter solenoid
    > which includes an updated design spade connector that is
    > tighter and locks better with a better boot to keep moisture
    > out.

    > Lugnut

    Hi.  Thanks for the additional info.  The negative battery terminal is new.
    I just replaced it, as the old one was corroded.  I will check it all out.

    Thank you.

  5. admin says:

    "Bob Urz" <so…@inetnebr.com> wrote in message

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    > lugnut wrote:
    > > On Thu, 02 Mar 2006 15:04:39 GMT, "Name" <nos…@mchsi.com>
    > > wrote:

    > >>Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to
    start
    > >>it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
    > >>click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.  Sometimes
    it
    > >>will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose
    maybe???
    > >>I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time, right?
    > >>The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is a
    > >>yellow top Optima.

    > >>Thank you.

    > > Start by removing and cleaning the ignition wire at the
    > > starter solenoid.  They sometimes get loos and/or corrode.
    > > Brush or scrape it well.   Use pliers to tighten the
    > > connector a bit before reinstalling and coat it well all
    > > over with silicon or other waterproff grease.  You may have
    > > to remove a ceramic heat shield to access it.  The shield
    > > just snaps on.  The connector has a lock tang that must be
    > > squeezed a bit to unlock as you remove it.  If this does not
    > > do it, another problem is sometimes the solenoid on the
    > > right fender apron.  It will click but is corroded
    > > internally so that a connection is not good enough.  I don’t
    > > know of a repair other than replacement if this is the
    > > problem.

    > > Lugnut

    > Don’t forget the main ground lug to the block while your at it….

    > I had a taurus starter that did similar. Found during inspection
    > a rebuilt starter with a cheap after market solenoid on it that
    > would work if i wiggled it.

    > Turn on the headlights when you have a no start. Do the headlights
    > dim when it clicks and you have a no start condition? That will
    > lead you in the direction of the problem.

    > Bob

    I will check the ground block too.  I will try to check the headlights the n
    ext time it does it.

    Thank you.

  6. admin says:

    "dnoyeB" <F…@ThisOneIsFake.com> wrote in message

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    > Name wrote:
    > > Hi.  I have a 1996 Ford F-150, 5.0L.  Somtimes when I turn the key to
    start
    > > it, it makes a click sound instead of starting.  This is not the
    > > click-click-click-click of a low battery, but just one click.  Sometimes
    it
    > > will start on the first key turn.  Any ideas?  Starter wire loose
    maybe???
    > > I think that if it were the battery, it would do it all the time, right?
    > > The battery connections are tight and corrosion free.  The battery is a
    > > yellow top Optima.

    > > Thank you.

    > Do you have an alarm or kill switch or passive anti theft system?

    > —

    Hi.  I don’t have any of that.  Thanks.

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