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Old 04-23-2008, 02:07 PM
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97 F150 no start just a single click

Hello to all,

I have a question about my 1997 F 150 that will not start. When you turn the key all you hear is a single click. Then if you wait a while, try a few times more, sometimes all of a sudden it starts.

Any sugestions? I replaced the selenoid on the starter about 3 months ago, and I am now woundering if it may be the relay, mounted on the passengers fender, or if I should just replace the starter and selenoid together.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-23-2008, 02:26 PM
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my truck was doing the exact same thing and the cause was a bad starter motor. once i replaced it, the truck starts up with no problems at all. also make sure your battery is good and fully charged.
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:57 PM
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My guess is the fender mounted solenoid, cheap guess and easy to get to. Most times one click per turn of the key is solenoid..multiple clicks per turn of the key is insufficent (sp) voltage to the starter or a bad starter.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:21 PM
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i didnt think these trucks had the remote(fender mounted) solenoid some one correct me if im wrong. i believe the solenoid is located on the starter assy.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:24 PM
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There is a starter relay on the fender well and a starter solenoid on the starter.
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ah, thanks. i didnt know that.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:34 PM
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Your problem is the main red thick wire the end piece that connects to the starter is shot REPLACE it and watch the results.
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Old 04-23-2008, 07:38 PM
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I am also betting you have a bad connection, either the ends are dirty or a cable is bad.
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Clean all battery terminal connections and starter connections. It sounds simple but less resistance equals more amps.
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:29 AM
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yeah id replace starter. happened to me
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:20 PM
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Galaxy, archer, and mrsteveo all have good advice that you would do well to check out on your truck before replacing the starter. Good luck!
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