new starter wont disengage

Asked by Feb 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM about the 1992 Ford F-150 S 4WD LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

One day it just clicked, thought it was battery. next day I go out and it started right up. next time it did that happened I cleaned the main cable on the starter. started it and the the starter seems like its not disengaging, and now its not charging, new starter, new selinoid, full charge battey

5 Answers

865

if the starter is continuing to crank the solenoid is most likely sticking. New doesn't always mean good. Take an ohm meeter or continuity tester and test if the two large posts of the solenoid have continuity with the wires off the solenoid. If you have continuity the solenoid is sticking. It's a common problem but often misdiagnosed. If the starter is contiuing to run the electrical system will not charge because all the power generated by the alt. will be used by the starter cranking. If I am correct about the solenoid being the issue you may still have the charging problem after the original problem is corrected. The additional load from the contiuous cranking from the starter may either blow your main fuse or burn out your voltage regualtor on your alternator. Good luck hope this helps.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
20,170

Earlier Fords also had what was referred to as a solenoid bolted to the firewall somewhere around the battery. Power when from the battery to this solenoid then on to the starter. This could be bad also, although usually when it is bad the vehicle will not turn over or stay running. The part is about twelve bucks.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
2,845

It is possible that as you have changed the starter motor, the fault could lie within the ignition switch, where the switch is not springing back from the 'crank' position.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.
30

I had that problem with my 88 Ford econoline motor home. Just fixed it was my starter cable

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Buy a better starter ! Had same issue

Your Answer

F-150

Looking for a Used F-150 in your area?

CarGurus has 184,536 nationwide F-150 listings starting at $699.

ZIP:

Ford F-150 Experts

  • #1
    OJ
    Reputation
    8,940
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    4,550
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    3,070
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used GMC Sierra 1500
890 Great Deals out of 65,682 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Mustang
713 Great Deals out of 38,332 listings starting at $895
Used Ford F-250
474 listings starting at $6,694
Used Ford Explorer
858 Great Deals out of 63,883 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford F-150 For Sale
34,320 listings starting at $19,355
2017 Ford F-150 For Sale
120 Great Deals out of 79,324 listings starting at $17,989
2016 Ford F-150 For Sale
130 Great Deals out of 7,800 listings starting at $18,989
2015 Ford F-150 For Sale
302 Great Deals out of 10,847 listings starting at $15,995
2014 Ford F-150 For Sale
440 Great Deals out of 13,917 listings starting at $10,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.