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Old 05-30-2005, 09:05 PM
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Boss's lightning doesn't start

02 lightning, completely stock.

40-45k miles on it I guess...

I turned the key and get a click from the solenoid on the firewall, but no turn from the starter. Battery is good, wacked the starter with a hammer with key turned in start position didn't work...

Any ideas on how to get this thing running? I played with the neutral safety switch and didn't get anything. I noticed the battery light flickered a little with the key in the start position.

Just clicks and no turn in starter.
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:22 PM
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fuel shut off?
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:33 PM
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The fuel shut off would stop the starter from turning the engine over?
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Im just trying to jumpstart other ideas. low battery? Did you check that?
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All the way in gear? brake safety switch? Check the cruise control shutoff switch on the master cylinder.
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I tried it in N or P...brake on or off...fiddled with the alarm buttons...

I had him turn all things that would take power, heat, lights, radio, etc and when he tried to start it the lights didn't dim...I don't think it's a bad battery just by observation...I feel as though it's something else.

I'll check this cruise control shutoff deal...
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It's stuck at our office, I havn't been there since I made the thread, but I'm going in tomorrow...

Only thing I can check is the cruise control shutoff switch I guess...other then that w/o me really tearing into it I can't figure it out. Not much I can do w/o it being on a lift or in my garage. He will probably end up having it towed.
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The hitting the new style starters won't work, My guess is that could still be what it is.
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Old 06-03-2005, 11:04 AM
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Out of curiousity, why doesn't it work?
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Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the '92+ Fords all permanent magntet style? You usually wind up doing more damage then good to then trying that. I had a Dodge one die and hitting it never worked but then once I talked to a shop they also said that they have never been able to get any newer starter to work with that trick. I can't for the life of me remember anything other than the magnets crack really easy, there was another reason but I can't remember at the moment.
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Well, typically if the starter needs to be hit for it to work, it's time to change it out anyway.

I've used the hit trick on my 95 and it works...
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did you ck if the solenoid had power on the starter side when it clicked?thats one way to find out if it's really the starter or your solenoid.this is a common problem with Fords.
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did you check the thingy by the firewall?
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Did you check the solenoid on the starter itself? All 92-up trucks have 2 solenoids....
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