what symptoms would a bad solenoid have?

5

Asked by Aug 17, 2015 at 12:52 PM about the Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1992 Ford F150, 275k, rebuilt engine. It has an inline 6 cylinder, automatic. I've
had intermittent problems with it not starting, but jiggling the battery cables enabled it
to start. A few days have gone by and now it won't start at all. The battery is a maxx
bought from Walmart less than a year ago. When I turn the key, I get power to the
headlights, all the guages on the dash, and the radio but I don't even get a click or
anything. I charged the battery and it shows 80% and slowly rising. I'm not a mechanic
by no means, and could use a little advice if anyone has a moment to respond. Thanks
alot.

7 Answers

16,850

First check connections at the solinoid then at the starter making sure everything is nice and tight. If everything is tight have someone tap on starter while trying to start vehicle at the same time if vehicle starts replace starter. If it does not start could still be the starter but most likely the starter solinoid.

5

Thank you very much for your response. Do you happen to know if the solinoid is part of my starter or two different parts? In my research, I've read that some Ford trucks of this age have an external starter solenoid, mounted on the fender or firewall. Have you heard of this before and do you know if this is true for my 92 Ford F-150?

16,255

Do you have those universal terminal ends? If so take them off and clean the battery and terminals real good. Also take them apart and clean the wire and terminal where the wire clamps in

16,850

Your starter has the solinoid on the starter not on the fender well.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
15,420

What is on the fender well is the relay from the ignition. It can be jumped to check. Check the net for a video. Just jump it for a second. If you hold it the starter will stay engaged after the engine starts and you could so a lot of damage.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
5

Thank you all for trying to help me. After being towed home yesterday and taking about 2 hours to "pull" the truck up on ramps, the truck is finally fixed. It had nothing to do with the starter or the solinoid. The truck didn't seem to be going into gear like it normally does, and when the dash showed it was in park, it was really in reverse. The trans shift cable is messed up, there is a plastic piece that is supposed to hold the outer sheath in place so that the linkage inside of it can slide to adjust the transmission. That plastic piece is moving and not doing its job. I'm sure I'm not explaining it right, but I need to replace the trans shift cable. The truck starts now, but it looks like it starts while in reverse, but until I can order the part, I can drive it like it is. Thanks everyone for your help. Have a nice day!

16,850

Thanks for the update maybe can help someone else if this problem pops up on this forum.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • starter solenoids.. 9 answers

    On my third starter this year..Is there something that could cause the solenoid to go out. Starters are all rebuilt. Have a new relay on truck.

    1999 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab Stepside SB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • new solenoid replaced 5 answers

    I replaced my solenoid on my 1988 f150 4.9l straight six but when I try to crank it up nothing happens not even a click what is wrong

    1988 Ford F-150 S Standard Cab LB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • starter solenoid won't last a month. 2 answers

    Does anyone know why the starter works great for a few weeks, then the solenoid welds it's self, and stays engaged . It's the solenoid on the right fender well.

    1987 Ford F-150

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • where in the transmission is the electronic pressure control solenoid? 1 answer

    Is it under the pan, or does the trans. have to be completely removed in order to replace the (epc) solenoid?

    2001 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab SB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • New Starter overheating and melting solder on solenoid 3 answers

    I installed new starter on my 2000 F150, it started fine, but 2 minutes later, the starter started overheating and melting away the solder on the solenoid. All the wires are hooked correctly. Anybod...

    2000 Ford F-150

    -

    General

F-150

Looking for a Used F-150 in your area?

CarGurus has 208,122 nationwide F-150 listings starting at $1,273.

ZIP:

Search Ford F-150 Questions

Ford F-150 Experts

#1 OJ
OJ
Reputation 6,300
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 3,980
#3 tennisshoes
tennisshoes
Reputation 2,400
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,729 Great Deals out of 150,184 listings starting at $1,259
Used GMC Sierra 1500
1,189 Great Deals out of 58,894 listings starting at $2,499
Used Dodge Ram 1500
536 Great Deals out of 13,008 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
455 Great Deals out of 43,210 listings starting at $2,850
Used Toyota Tundra
709 Great Deals out of 28,881 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Tacoma
773 Great Deals out of 34,326 listings starting at $2,988
Used Ram 1500
1,424 Great Deals out of 117,298 listings starting at $6,999
Used Ford F-250
569 listings starting at $1,977
Used Ford Mustang
718 Great Deals out of 39,272 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Explorer
1,479 Great Deals out of 74,562 listings starting at $985
Used Nissan Titan
231 Great Deals out of 14,710 listings starting at $4,200
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
1,073 Great Deals out of 31,900 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Ranger
219 Great Deals out of 7,085 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chevrolet Colorado
340 Great Deals out of 17,165 listings starting at $1,999
Used Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
375 Great Deals out of 28,619 listings starting at $2,295