1989 ford f150 with ignition issues


Asked by Oct 06, 2015 at 04:14 PM about the 1989 Ford F-150 S Standard Cab 4WD LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hey guys.. Just bought a 1989 f150.  New solenoid, alternator, battery is
good.  The truck starts great, when it wants too.  I can go out there at it will
start up just fine, shut it off and come out the next day and nothing.  I will
wait another day and it will fire up.  I have bump started it across the
solenoid and it has worked but then it also hasn't worked at times.  I
thought it might have been the clutch safety switch, so we ran a jumper
wire across that and it seemed to help, but now back to the same thing.  
Not really sure where to go next.  Any help would be fantastic

3 Answers


Will the starter spin the engine (crank)? If not, check all the grounds and connections.


When it doesn't start the starter will not crank over. Where does a guy start looking for the grounds? Or is there a certain spot that is more prevalent for the issue?


Follow the large cable connected to the battery (negative ( ---- ) ). It should be connected to the engine or frame of the auto. Make sure the connection is good and not all gunked up with corrosion.

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