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Old December 13th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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so yesterday, i had a problem where it wouldnt start, but found it to be because it wasnt in park all the way..today im having the problem where it will not start while it is in park, fuel pump is working, lights work radio works, when i turn to the start position all i hear is a verrry small *click* and nothing after. it looks a little low on battery. so i plugged it into the charger to see if that takes care of it. if it doesnt start, what should i be looking for?
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Old December 13th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #2
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by saying that it wont start in park, do you mean that it will start in nuetral?
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no it doesnt, i found i have to pull ths shift lever twards me, i think the shift cable might need to be tightened up.
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no it doesnt, i found i have to pull ths shift lever twards me, i think the shift cable might need to be tightened up.
So you got it started by pulling the gearshift toward you? Or you still having the problem when you pull it toward you?
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Start simple, make sure your battery cable end are clean and tight. Not sure if that year used the push on connector at the starter but those like to corode and cause problems.

Could also be a bad starter, would need to do some testing to be sure. I have seen some cable problems with those as well.
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Old December 13th, 2008, 10:29 PM   #6
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i solved it when i pulled the gear shift tward me, i have a 2" body lift on it as well and my thought is the extra stress on the line may have caught up, i need to pull it in somewhere warm to check it out..im a sissy. haahhh
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sounds to me like the problem is either in the trans range sensor (nuetral safety) the shifter cable adjustment, or the plastic bushing that hold the shifter to the column (which often slide down, making the shifter loose)

I would start by seeing if it will start with the shifter somewhere around the nuetral position (keep you foot on the brake to be safe)...hold the key in the start position and wiggle the shifter around in the nuetral position....if it does start somewhere otehr then the nuetral detent, then the nuetral safety is fine....then look at how loose the shifter is while in its detent...if it moves excessivley, the plastic bushing are worn and have probably slid out of the mounts...easy fix...otherwise, check the cable adjustment...


I'm betting your problem is the plastic bushings...seen that quite often...and it is 13 years old...
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http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/55...mn-repair.html

click the link, scroll to the bottom, there is a parts breakdown of a similar steering column (the 2nd one)...see the part numbered 7L278...thats the bushings I'm refering to, and notice the person that posted it even listed those bushings as "common failure parts"...it is also not uncommon to break teh mounts themselves, or the shifter tube or shaft, but it doesnt sound like yours is that bad...
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i replaced a few relays and removed a fuse, it started fine today, but i went outside to move it and its doing it again..is the bushings an easy fix? could someone give me a hand with it? and whats the bushing #PN?
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sounds to me like the problem is either in the trans range sensor (nuetral safety) the shifter cable adjustment, or the plastic bushing that hold the shifter to the column (which often slide down, making the shifter loose)

I would start by seeing if it will start with the shifter somewhere around the nuetral position (keep you foot on the brake to be safe)...hold the key in the start position and wiggle the shifter around in the nuetral position....if it does start somewhere otehr then the nuetral detent, then the nuetral safety is fine....then look at how loose the shifter is while in its detent...if it moves excessivley, the plastic bushing are worn and have probably slid out of the mounts...easy fix...otherwise, check the cable adjustment...


I'm betting your problem is the plastic bushings...seen that quite often...and it is 13 years old...


Same thing happened on my F150. $50.00 dealer part, 10 minutes to put it on.
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