Wont start

Asked by Sep 06, 2016 at 07:17 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

83 f-150 6cyl have no head light and
will not start. Fuse able link is good
battery has 12 volts

10 Answers


There are more than just one fuseable links on your truck, did you probe them all?

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Sounds like there is a bad connection if the battery you say is good. The battery should have 12.5 to12.7 volts when fully charged. The headlights not coming on ether a bad cable or connection, possible fuse or fusible link could be bad.

Thank you. Yes i did check all fuse able links and their all good.


Then like Rowfast stated possible connection problems, check the main bulkhead connector first, I have seen corrosion get in there and cause all kinds of electrical trouble, if that checks good then you going to have to trace out each individual circuits one by one until you find the problem.

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It would be narrowed down if we know if the car Cranks and don't start, or does not crank at all. So, with that information not provided I would suggest to check your ground connection. Or make a ground from negative terminal of battery to engine using a jumper cable to help in your process of elimination. Good luck :-)

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No it wont crank over wont click wont do anything and i have no head lights

Thank you everybody was a ground problem. Ran for 1/2 mile. Lol now new troubles solenoid keeps going out it cranks over but no fire at spark plugs this makes the 3rd one. Any ideas


If there is no fire at the plugs but it cranks over it is not the solenoid, it could very well be the ignition control module, the most common symptom is it will run till it gets warmed up then it cuts off the spark, wait a while and then it will run again for a short time and do it all over again, so if it has never been replaced, it would be a good idea to replace it.

Ive replaced the map module still doing the same problem now no spark to plugs. Solenoid has 12 volts on both sides but nothing on the starter small side wire


If it is the starter solenoid your talking about there should be battery power on one side until the key is put in the crank position, then there will be power on the other side and the small start wire if the solenoid is operating properly. You should not have battery power on both large terminals only the one directly from the battery with the key off. If you do have power on both sides then there is a main power wiring problem.

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