F150 starting issue

Asked by Apr 03, 2016 at 04:07 PM about the 2000 Ford F-150 XL Extended Cab Stepside SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

OK so, I have seen a couple threads on here that
relate to my problem and I used the diagnostic
steps for a couple of items.

Issue:
When my step son turns the ignition, it makes one
loud click that seems to come from the starter but
it won't turn over.

He had this issue one other time when I was out of
town and we transferred money so he could buy a
new battery (his grandfather told him that was the
issue)
This solved the problem for the last 4 days but now
the same problem is back (he said this is what
happened last time).

So I read up on this forum to trace the starting
sequence and possible problems along the line.
I jumped the solenoid (easiest test first) and
makes same single click at the starter. So ruled
out.
Pulled the plug on the DTR and totally nothing.  
Plugged back in and same single loud click at the
starter. So ruled out for now.
Removed the starter at took to part store to test,
test showed it was "sluggish" so I bought a new
one and kept the old to rule out starter.  Installed
new one.....same friggin problem! One single loud
click at the starter.
Engine turns (cranked by hand with a wrench) so
the engine is not seized.

Totally and completely lost now.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

5 Answers

5

I had somewhat same issue .... Clicking at solenoid .... Changed out starter and battery.... No help... Turn out to be a seized up air conditioning compressor..... Took off serpentine belt... Truck started up...50+ years doing backyard mechanics... Never thought a belt could be so tight as to stop a starter from turning over a motor...

16,850

Check ground wire coming from negative battery post to where it is connected to ground on frame. Make sure it is clean and tight to frame.

15,410

First, use a multi-meter making sure the battery shows 12 + volts. Since the battery is new, if lower than 12 volts suspect a parasitic draw when vehicle is shut down for the night. However, it could be like more of a grounding problem than anything else.

4,115

Dirty or corroded battery cables. Check the one by the starter, it's probably corroded. One way to check it without peeling insulation off the cable is by flexing the cable to see if it's brittle. Assuming ur battery is fully charged

4,115

Wouldn't be the air compressor if u can rotate engine by hand

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