Engine will not crank

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JOSEPHWINKE
  • 2005 FORD F-150
  • 4.2L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 120,000 MILES

Engine will not crank, relay makes no noise when key is turned.
Starter/ignition relay have been swapped, also ignition/starter fuse's have been swapped, all function properly in other spots. When Key is turned from run to start radio/security shuts off, blower motor/lights stay on. But no crank or relay click. Display reads "CHECK GAUGES". Also engine and wrench warning lights are illuminated. Battery reads 13V. Truck didn't go into limp home mode prior to shutdown. What could it be?

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 AT 10:01 PM

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Tiny
2CARPROS KEN
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It sounds like you have a starter motor that has gone out. To confirm the problem lets use a test light on the the big cable going to the starter. When the engine is cranked over the test light should light up.

Here is a guide to help you.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

This guide will give you an idea of what you are in for when doing the job.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

Here is a wiring diagram of the starter circuit check to see where you are loosing power if the starter checks out.

Here are some diagrams on the starter removal.

With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
Disconnect the battery ground cable.
Remove the nut and disconnect the starter solenoid S-terminal eyelet.
To install, tighten to 6 Nm (53 lb-in) .
Remove the nut and disconnect the starter solenoid B-terminal eyelet.
To install, tighten to 12 Nm (9 lb-ft) .
Remove the nut and disconnect the starter motor ground cable eyelet.
To install, tighten to 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) .
Remove the stud bolt, the bolts and the starter motor.
To install, tighten to 25 Nm (18 lb-ft) .
NOTE: Tighten the upper bolt before tightening

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers, Ken

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 AT 4:34 PM
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TRJJJ
  • 2005 FORD F-150

Electrical problem
2005 Ford F150 V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 85000 miles

INSTALLED A COLD AIR INTAKE. FOLLOWED DIRECTIONS AS TO DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY. BEFORE I WAS FINISHED THE INSTALLATION IT STARTED TO RAIN AND I HAD TO RECONNECT TO PUT WINDOW UP. DISCONNECTED AGAIN, FINISHED THE JOB THE NEXT DAY, RECONNECTED AND NO START. ALL POWER ON. BUT NOT CRANKING AT ALL?

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 AT 4:39 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Have you checked the starter relay? Are you getting power to the starter?

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TRJJJ
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Ok got it to work. The truck also has a remote start. Had to recylcle the door locks after closing the hood before the engine would crank. Wierd!

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 AT 4:39 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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That was an easy one. I'm glad you got it figured out. Personally, I hate those aftermarket things. They seem to eventually cause all types of problems. Let us know if you have questions in the future.

Joe

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TSTEINRUCK
  • 2005 FORD F-150

Electrical problem
2005 Ford F150 V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic

cigarette lighter stopped working. Truck will not start now

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RASMATAZ
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Hi tsteinruck and welcome to 2carpros

Do you mean it cranks over and refuses to start or just won't crank at all-be specific maybe I can help

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SGSTEWART
  • 2005 FORD F-150

Electrical problem
2005 Ford F150 V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 74,000 miles

When I turn the key to start up the engine, it acts sluggish but turn over as usual after about 2 seconds. The radio will turn completely off, goes to AM and some arbitrary station. The clock goes back to 12:00 each time. Alternator or battery?

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KHLOW2008
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Hi sgstewart,

Symptoms corresponds with bad battery terminal contacts. Clean them up and secure well and try again.

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 AT 4:39 PM (Merged)
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TAIKEN
  • 2005 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 50,000 MILES

My 2005 Ford f150 is making a clicking sound back by the gas tank. It seems to be coming from outside the cab. My battery is mostly dead (the engine won't crank, the horn won't sound, etc.). Of course when I disconnect the battery the sound stops so it's electrical somehow. Any ideas?

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Try a jump-start or charging the battery
Check if engine starter

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 AT 4:39 PM (Merged)
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TAIKEN
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The clicking sound is constant, repeating a couple times a second. I have a feeling that this electrical problem is what has drained the battery. I disconnected the battery to charge it and that's when I noticed that the clicking had stopped. It's not the starter as the noise is not coming from the engine/transmission area but rather from behind the cab and under the bed. Is there some kind of electrical fuel pump that could be stuck running even though the engine isn't?

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Monday, November 6th, 2017 AT 4:39 PM (Merged)
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SEANCARTER
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How did you resolve this issue? I have a 2005 F150 doing the same thing to me now?

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M_H_RITZEL
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When a battery gets low or discharged some of the relays will keep clicking. Have the battery checked for any dead cells and recharge if ok. Charge the battery while it is disconnected from the truck.

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MCNZ99
  • 2006 FORD F-150
  • 156,000 MILES

My father-in-law has a 2006 Ford F150. Will only start when it is cold. After running it for a while and cutting it off, then try to restart, it will not turn over. Voltage shows good and all electrical inside works. Checked battery, cables, and starter, all are good. The engine has to be completely cool before it will crank. What could cause this problem?

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SATURNTECH9
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So were talking about a no crank no start or a crank no start?

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MCNZ99
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The engine will not do Anything when it is hot.

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MCNZ99
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No crank.

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Do you have a multimeter or test light to do some testing?

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MCNZ99
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Yes, a multimeter.

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