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CuttingCrew
08-13-2005, 01:03 AM
My Ford died on me today and Iím at a complete loss as to whatís wrong with it. (no Ford jokes please)

í89 F-250 300 c.i. Strait 6, manual 4 speed, 2WD

Running and starting good all day, never had a problem in that area. Get to a job today, shut it down and when Iím finished I jump in and turn the key, nothing. Not even dashboard lights. No radio, no headlights, nothing.
Hook it up to a friends F-350 to jump it, nothing. Dash lights and radio wonít even come up.
Put it on the hook and drag it home. Battery checks out good. Replace battery cables, starter cables and solenoid. Check the three fusible links I can find and still nothing.

Where to I go from here? This thing is so dead itís unreal. Nothing seems to be getting power.

Any advise on which direction to go would be appreciated. (heading to the Ford dealer to buy was my choice but the wife shot me down on that one)

Mike

SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC
08-13-2005, 01:09 AM
fried starter solenoid or shorted battery

Brianslawn
08-13-2005, 04:24 AM
bad or dirty ground. battery to truck or engine to truck. did you try different battery? cant think of anything else if you checked every single fuse

YardPro
08-13-2005, 09:06 AM
bad solenoid
happens quite often.

look above the right tire well and look for the small black componet the wires go into.
they only cost about $15.00 and you can replace it in about 10 minutes.

Ric
08-13-2005, 09:21 AM
I am reading no electric to anywhere in the system. My uneducated guess would be Corrosion somewhere in the wiring harness.

CuttingCrew
08-13-2005, 09:29 AM
Thanks for your input guys. Heading out to dig into it again now. Let you know what I find today.

Mike

lawnmaniac883
08-13-2005, 09:33 AM
Gotta be a short somewhere. Maybe in the wiring harness?

jt5019
08-13-2005, 11:39 AM
bad solenoid
happens quite often.

look above the right tire well and look for the small black componet the wires go into.
they only cost about $15.00 and you can replace it in about 10 minutes.


The solenoid on my 90 ford went all the time i kept an extra one handy just incase.Be sure to check all your wires make sure they have good connections.

Ric
08-13-2005, 11:50 AM
I pour coke or pepsi on my battery terminals to get the corrosion off them. Corrosion can mess up a wiring system and cause it not to make contact. I would start with a test light and check from the battery on down the line to find the short. Good luck I think the 300 6cyl is one of the best engines made by ford for a pick up. As a Flatlander it will hual my skid steer which comes to just over 6 ton with trailer.

StealthDT
08-13-2005, 01:14 PM
No coke...Pepsi !

cheeburglar?

To clean battery terminals I use baking soda and water. Sounds like the power going into his main fuse panel is absent. Need to check a fuse to ground for 12 volts. Also check the body to frame braided grounding strap and engine to frame. Depends on where the negative battery cable is connected.

CuttingCrew
08-13-2005, 08:57 PM
Replaced all the power related cables, ground cables, solenoid, and a few ground to body straps. Turns over better than it ever has before. Ended up replacing the fuel pump relay and harness as well. (found some bad corrosion during trouble shooting the power problem)

Back on the road, running great and all caught up as of 18:30 hours.

Thanks to all,

Mike

lawnmaniac883
08-13-2005, 09:05 PM
Glad to see the problem has been resolved.

Ric
08-14-2005, 01:19 AM
I am reading no electric to anywhere in the system. My uneducated guess would be Corrosion somewhere in the wiring harness.

Yo Glad to hear you are up and running. I belive the older 300 6cyl Fords are the best bet. My 1994 300 6 cyl isn't worth $ 2,000 but I would take twice the price for it.

CuttingCrew
08-14-2005, 01:58 PM
I agree Ric. My uncle sold me this truck for $1,000 and it's been the best money I spent in the last two years. Solid as a rock and pulls like you would not believe. (well, you know. You have one.)

Mike

YardPro
08-15-2005, 08:21 AM
I am reading no electric to anywhere in the system. My uneducated guess would be Corrosion somewhere in the wiring harness.


when the soelonid goes bad, there is no power anywhere.......

Ric
08-15-2005, 09:21 AM
when the soelonid goes bad, there is no power anywhere.......


Yard Pro

NOT SO. Maybe on some models but not all, that is for sure.

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