starter solenoids..

10

Asked by Sep 09, 2014 at 09:28 AM about the 1999 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab Stepside SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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.

9 Answers

35,645

My guess is that they are all rebuilds from AutoZone or someplace like that and made in China. As long as your getting them under warranty and don't mind changing them out every 3 months............

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

Thank you.. Just what i thought..

20,490

I stopped purchasing parts from Autozone a couple of years back. I got four bad power steering pumps out of the box on the same vehicle. Exhausted the supply from two stores. Wouldn't have been so bad if the pulley came on the pump. NO such luck. Had to use a puller each time.

10

Learning the hard way I guess..Contacted the head office of O'Rileys who in turn contacted local store. pulling starter tomorrow and we'll see what happens.. Thanks for the help..

20,490

Have you owned the vehicle for some time? I'm not that familiar with that particular vehicle's exhaust setup. Has it be modified. Had a friend who purchased a 96 explorer and couldn't keep a starter on it for any length of time. Since I had one I crawled under the vehicle to remove the bad one to take it apart to determine why there was a problem. For some reason the previous owner, or a repair person, had removed the heat shield from the block to deflect head away from the starter. Found one at the junk yard and the problem was solved. Make sure the shield is there if it had one and no modifications were made to the exhaust.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

Ok just put the fourth starter in this year. when replacing starter before it started right up. Now just the click like solinoid not kicking in.. New ford starter in this time. He checked the other one when i took it in and said it was ok.

20,490

Did you change the starter relay/solenoid on the fender well? If so try bypassing the relay from the battery. Only do the bypass for a second or two as the gear will stay engaged into the flywheel until you disconnect the connection.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20,490

If you get the same click, then remove the starter from the vehicle, but leave the connections in place. Have someone engage the switch to see if the starter kicks out the gear and it turns. Are you sure your motor turns freely and does not have some damage to either the flywheel or other internal components making it difficult to rotate.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
10

Found a bad wire that goes to the small terminal on solenoid. Not sure where that wire comes from, but will be changing it out.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

F-150

Looking for a Used F-150 in your area?

CarGurus has 195,826 nationwide F-150 listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Ford F-150 Experts

  • #1
    OJ
    Reputation
    9,110
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    4,580
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    3,150
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,222 Great Deals out of 168,118 listings starting at $1,000
Used GMC Sierra 1500
970 Great Deals out of 65,582 listings starting at $1,975
Used Ford F-250 Super Duty
320 Great Deals out of 45,089 listings starting at $1,700
Used Dodge Ram 1500
357 Great Deals out of 10,816 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Tundra
476 Great Deals out of 33,490 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Tacoma
542 Great Deals out of 44,374 listings starting at $1,790
Used Ford Mustang
539 Great Deals out of 35,388 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford F-250
463 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford F-350 Super Duty
318 Great Deals out of 25,179 listings starting at $3,700
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
699 Great Deals out of 41,311 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Ranger
139 Great Deals out of 5,356 listings starting at $800

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford F-150 For Sale
69,212 listings starting at $20,867
2017 Ford F-150 For Sale
129 Great Deals out of 54,631 listings starting at $14,369
2016 Ford F-150 For Sale
147 Great Deals out of 7,781 listings starting at $17,194
2015 Ford F-150 For Sale
358 Great Deals out of 11,310 listings starting at $14,998
2014 Ford F-150 For Sale
503 Great Deals out of 14,222 listings starting at $9,900

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.