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Old 07-15-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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Problem with a 2011 Ford F-150. I cannot figure it out. Halp. Plz.

FERD F-TEEN THOUSAAAAAAND.

So here's what's up: The guy said the truck won't crank. He replaced the battery with a brand new one and it still won't crank. I don't mean "starter's dead" won't crank, but it acts like the battery is totally dead. You turn the key, you get one click from the starter, and everything electrical dies. However, when you remove the negative battery terminal from the post for a moment and hook it back up, the electrical system comes back to life.

I thought maybe it was a bad ground, but you can jump the truck off another car just fine and, once it's running, it stays running. All the electrical systems work just fine after the truck is jumped off. The headlights aren't dim, the radio plays perfectly fine, etc. It runs perfectly fine.

I chased the primary ground down to the underside of the frame and also discovered he has one hell of an oil leak down there (leaking from the crankshaft bearing, drain plug, and anywhere else you can imagine). Where the ground bolts up to the frame of the truck is absolutely saturated in oil. This shouldn't be an issue though, should it?

Side notes: I bypassed the engine ground using jumper cables and it still died once the starter tried to engage. We also used the truck battery to crank his other vehicle, so it's not the battery.

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Old 07-15-2015, 08:26 AM   #2
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:30 AM   #3
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:32 AM   #4
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Not my truck. Guy bought it off Craigslist for stupidly cheap just so he could haul stuff around for a week or so, then plans to resell it. I'm just trying to help him get it to crank so he can unload it.
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Starter solenoid? Bad starter? Try tapping the starter after the click. Does Ford still use a separate solenoid? Check those connections.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:45 AM   #6
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Starter solenoid? Bad starter? Try tapping the starter after the click. Does Ford still use a separate solenoid? Check those connections.
Once the starter clicks, the entire truck dies. All lights go out, radio goes out, the speedometer needle buries itself below zero... it's like the battery died, but it didn't. The battery is perfectly fine.

I thought maybe it's the solenoid, but that wouldn't explain why the rest of the truck's electrical system died.
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There's a solenoid in the fender that can go bad. Still no Ford jokes????
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Not sure where the rest of the truck gets it's power from, but it might be ran through a circuit breaker that can't handle the surge from the bad starter/solenoid. Have you tried bypassing the ignition switch by jumping the main posts of the solenoid?
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Not sure where the rest of the truck gets it's power from, but it might be ran through a circuit breaker that can't handle the surge from the bad starter/solenoid. Have you tried bypassing the ignition switch by jumping the main posts of the solenoid?
That's going to be my next move. If it does crank, then the issue would have to lie somewhere in line with the starter circuit, yes?
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There was a recall or tsb years ago about the starting circuit. Pretty much the whole harness to the starter and solenoid has to be replaced. I don't recall the years affected, bit I believe it was 97-03.
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PO probably didn't replace the battery at every oil change.
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