I have a 1988 ford f150 it was working fine until one morning I tried to start it and it didnt crank it just made a click noise I tried replacing the battery but it still didnt help. Can anyone help ?

Asked by Jul 28, 2013 at 09:53 AM about the 1988 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Sounds like the starter quit. Get a hammer and hit it a few times. If it starts, replace the starter. If not, switch on your headlights and try to start it. Do the headlights stay nice and bright? If so replace the starter solenoid. If headlights get real dim or go out completely you've got a bad connection. Check the battery cable connections at both ends. They should be clean and tight. Put Vaseline on the battery cables where they bolt on the battery and some on the battery posts as well. They'll never corrode again. HTH. -Jim

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Jim. you mean put the Vaseline on the post first? Would that not insulate it from the cable?

No, David...It will actually give it a better connection because Vaseline prohibits the corrosion for one, and secondly, the lube works just like if you were standing in a tub of water and then dropped a toaster into the tub with you...It will light you up like a Christmas tree and if you don't smoke, you sure will be after that little trick...Same basic principle...;)

I have the same problem and am going to put a new starter in as soon as I find a friggin metric socket...They need to make up their minds and build vehicles with either SAE or metric and not in a combination of the 2 types to make things less complicated, if you know what I mean...Never could understand that with our American Made vehicles..


That's right David, put it on the posts first. Then the cable ends. Works like a charm. Very sorry I didn't respond sooner but I JUST was alerted that someone had posted on this question. -Jim


I have a ford f 150 that will not turnover. Brand new battery changed solenoid and still wont turn.

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