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Old September 12th, 2006, 03:12 PM
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Unhappy Another 'my truck won't start' thread

Purchased a 1994 ST with 55k miles about a month ago. To make a long story short I drove it from DC to Pitt and back last week, it ran great. Go to drive it the next day and it won't start. Figure the battery was dead, so I roll started and didn't think much of it.

It started up just fine a couple of more times, and then stopped altogether. Assumed it was the battery so went to Advance and grabbed a new one. Now it won't start at all without rolling her.

So here are the symptoms -- turn the key and I get power in the dash. I hear the fuel pump start as well. But all I get when I turn it all the way is a single click somewhere under the hood. I've checked all of the fuses and they are fine, and the inertia switch is ok (ie not extended).

I know there are a few threads on this subject and the common advice seems to be check the fuel pump relays -- anyone know where they are? There is nothing under my passenger seat except for the jack, which looks like it's never been moved. On my fuse box the inertia switch was behind the bracket, not very easy to get to -- could they be back in there? Also there is an AC unit, some threads suggest they're tucked behind the AC.

Hopefully you guys can help me troubleshoot and save me the $$ of taking it to a mechanic. Thanks!
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Old September 12th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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Sounds like a bad battery or a starter. Try jumping it, if it starts it is the battery, if not it is the starter.
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Sounds like a bad battery or a starter. Try jumping it, if it starts it is the battery, if not it is the starter.
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Old September 12th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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Sounds like a starter (or solenoid) ..... if the fuel pump was out it wouldn't run at all....
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Old September 12th, 2006, 03:31 PM
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Thanks

Has a new battery so I'll go with the starter theory. Was worried that might be the case. Thanks
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Old September 12th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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I had that problem except I didnt get the click. Nothing. Finally got the starter out and took it to an alternator/starter shop. They tested and the solenoid was dead. Replaced that, reconditioned the rest of the start and its finally back in and working.
I say double check the battery (with a jump) coz thats easy. If you're sure, then look into pulling the starter (first time for me and it was a PITA figuring out to to get out and work around all the heatshields. My $.02 worth...
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Check the ground, while you are at it.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 07:52 AM
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Just replaced my starter yesterday with one from Nathan. $148.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 07:56 AM
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Did it fix the problem?
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Old September 13th, 2006, 08:03 AM
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Bryan: Are you asking me? Yes. Had very similar issues, although the starter worked fine once the engine warmed up. Barely turned over in the morning at 34 degrees, then was fine the rest of the day. Thought the battery may be draining over night, but it was 12.6 or 12.7 when tested, only dropped to 11.7 on start.

The only pain in the ass on installing the new one is that the lower bolt was a hex 8, and the upper bolt was a standard 9/16ths. Took about 40 minutes.
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Old September 13th, 2006, 08:17 AM
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I didn't read the post fully, I was thinking you were the original "postee"
I am curious to see what his problem was....
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Glad it helped you
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Old September 13th, 2006, 08:31 PM
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I ordered a starter

So let's see how much fun it is to put in ...

Thanks again for all of the tips -- tm
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So let's see how much fun it is to put in ...

Thanks again for all of the tips -- tm

The bottom mount isn't too tough to get to, but the other is a pain.

Mines a 95 bosch unit and I think I used a 7/16 hex drive to remove it.

Hope that helps a little bit.
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Old January 25th, 2007, 07:12 PM
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Tommy, a quick way to test ground issues is to hookup jumper cables direct from the battery to the starter and turn it over. If it starts, check your grounds. Don't ask how I know this...

If I could roll mine to start it I'd be tickled pink

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Roll starting in DC must be fun. Guess you choose your parking space even more carefully than normal.
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