I have an 89 ford E-150 (302). It has been on and off life support (so to speak) over the past couple years ( installed a new timing chain last fall). It has seemed to have some issues as of late however recently upon starting I was greeted with clattering rattling noise. I managed to keep it barely running ( hoping to drive it a mile to my yard) but as soon as I engaged into gear it died. After that all there was was a solenoid click. Pulled it back, pulled starter ( firewall solenoid) and ran jumpers to mounting assembly and hot terminal ( nothing happening). Am able to turn crank pulley with breaker bar and socket. I am not going to put a whole lot into this van. My question is, is it possible for a failing starter and/or solenoid spring to cause this much noise before failure. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am looking at up to $100 in replacements parts ( money which could be put into another vehicle).
Check the voltage through the selonid to the starter. The starter drive maybe hanging up on the fly wheel.
June, 27, 2011 AT 10:16 PM
Starter drive hanging up on the flywheel would create some sound, have multimeter so will check out before installing another starter
July, 6, 2011 AT 6:10 PM
Installed a new starter and van fired up fine on first try. On second attempt everything was totally dead (had headlights before, now nothing, not even solenoid click). Battery charged up to 14 volts but was reading 13.5 volts 8 hrs later (probably will continue to drop). Only thing I have now is inside dome lights. Also had one blown fusible link which I replaced. Cleaned up all connections(battery and solenoid). Any ideas would be appreciated.
July, 6, 2011 AT 7:05 PM
You need to check the voltage at the starter.
July, 8, 2011 AT 3:56 PM
Thanks for reply cadieman. Van is repaired. Actually solution was even simpler as in recheck the connections you had apart to clean up. One solenoid connecting wire was broken at the metal ring ( had to strip wire back) and hard to believe but the battery positive connection wasn't retightened. Multi-meter was a huge help on this.