2000 Ford F150 V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 160k miles
One cold day (20F) my F-150 was turning over slow, but started. Every third day or so it would turn slow, but start. Then, I noticed my dash gauges would max out then return to zero once I engaged ignition switch. Local auto parts store checked battery and found it OKAY. I cleaned the batterry posts and checked for tight solenoid connection. Now I am having trouble starting period (solenoid clicks, gauges max out and then return to zero, but it will eventually start).
I would pull the starter or take the truck to the parts store and have them do a charging system test and starter test. If it starts fine when they go to test it then you will have to pull the starter and have it tested when it is cold to see if that is the problems. Hope this helps let me know how it goes.
March, 17, 2009 AT 9:32 AM
Thanks for the advice.
I was still getting the full scale deflection (FSD) on the gauges before engaging the starter. Although I cleaned the battery posts & cables I decided to replace the connectors before tackling the more complex issues. Put on new gold plated connectors, felt corrosion washer, and the grease stuff they sell at the checkout counters.
I haven't had a problem since. I hope this takes care of it because the starter doesn't look to easy to access.