Is there an easy way to detect an electrical issue or short?


Asked by Jan 25, 2015 at 09:19 PM about the 1993 Ford E-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi. I have a Ford Econoline 150 Mark3 Series van. Recently we are having problems
with gettting it started. We have replaced the battery, the altenator, and the solenoid,
and had the starter tested, but we still cannot get it to run. When my husband replaced
the solenoid, and reconnected the battery terminal, the van tried to start by itself with
no keys in the ignition! and now all it still does is click and nothing happens. Does
anyone have an idea of what may be wrong here? is it a possible short somewhere and
if so, any ideas on where to start looking. Thanks for any help.

3 Answers


Double check the connections at the starter solenoid. They may be mixed up. Try this, switch on the headlights and try to start it. Do the lights stay nice and bright? If so, it's the starter or the starter solenoid. If they dim badly or go out it's going to be the battery or a bad battery connection. Don't overlook the ground cable where it bolts to the chassis. All of the battery cable connections, at both ends, need to be clean and tight. HTH. -Jim


the ignition switch could be the problem i would check that also


I hope you had all these items tested before you just replace them. I know a lot of peple who just think this or that is wrong and go buy new one and then the problem is still there.

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