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Question 85 f-150 wont start.

hey guys, im having a problem with my brother's truck, its been sitting for a couple months, we're trying to get it up & running, he lost the key so we had to drill out the ignition. we go to start it and the starter solenoid is just clicking, ive tried jumping it, with no luck. ive checked the connections and they all seem fine. we also tried a solenoid from a ( 91 or 92 i believe) with no luck, but it wasnt guaranteed good either. im pretty lost from here. thoughts?

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Check the battery cables and connections. Battery could be dead, or you could have a bad connection. Do the headlights, wipers, etc come on brightly? If not, check the battery and connections.

Other than that, tap on the starter with a hammer while trying to start it, might have a bad connection inside of it..if that gets it to start, new starter time.
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Check the battery cables and connections. Battery could be dead, or you could have a bad connection. Do the headlights, wipers, etc come on brightly? If not, check the battery and connections.

Other than that, tap on the starter with a hammer while trying to start it, might have a bad connection inside of it..if that gets it to start, new starter time.
well the battery is pretty dead, but even with the charger on high-amp jump start position it still does it, maybe i should check the starter cable too?
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oh, also if the solenoid was bad, would it click like that?
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well the battery is pretty dead, but even with the charger on high-amp jump start position it still does it, maybe i should check the starter cable too?
If the battery is completely shot, or shorted, any jump starter may not help. Also, if the starter is completely toast, same thing, you may have to remove it and have it tested. Yes, check the cables too.
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oh, also if the solenoid was bad, would it click like that?
Normally it wouldnt make a sound if the solenoid was bad. You can jump the solenoid with a screwdriver and find out real quick....if the starter runs, then you know.
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put a battery in it,, a crapped out battery will make them click like crazy,, rule of thumb,, start at the battery,, I dont give a damn about a boost of any kind, a bad battery will wipe that out in a heartbeat
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sweet, thanks dan.
oh also, while the key is on, i hear this buzzing sound ( sounds to me like the fuel pump) but its not turning off, like its not priming? not sure what to do about it
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put a battery in it,, a crapped out battery will make them click like crazy,, rule of thumb,, start at the battery,, I dont give a damn about a boost of any kind, a bad battery will wipe that out in a heartbeat
im gonna probably have to put the M battery in it just to try it, because we dont have another one
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sweet, thanks dan.
oh also, while the key is on, i hear this buzzing sound ( sounds to me like the fuel pump) but its not turning off, like its not priming? not sure what to do about it
Could be a relay buzzing from low voltage...definitely starting to sound like a battery...change that out...or have it tested.
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Could be a relay buzzing from low voltage...definitely starting to sound like a battery...change that out...or have it tested.
That is definitely true. It does sound like the battery is to low of a charge to do anything. I know about that buzzing noise with a low battery voltage because my Ford Aerostar Van (Before I gave it to my aunt) was doing it and I shoved in a new battery and it went away.
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Mike what engine is in that Ferd Fteenthousand?
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mike what engine is in that ferd fteenthousand?
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just like this.. ( but with a stock single battery)
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