Starter will not disengage - F150online Forums

Go Back  F150online Forums > F-Series Trucks > 1997 - 2003 F-150
Starter will not disengage > Starter will not disengage
1997 - 2003 F-150

Starter will not disengage

Reply

 
 
  #1  
Old 09-04-2010, 01:17 PM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2
Smile Starter will not disengage

I just replaced my starter because it went dead. I am now assuming it went dead because the solenoid on the starter burned up. I say this because now that I have installed my third new starter, it always stays engaged after starting the engine.

The mystery here is that I have done "ALL" of what I think is the obvious.

1. Replaced Starter.
2. Replaced Starter switch (Switch/Relay that is mounted on the firewall)
3. Battery is fully charged.
4. Replaced Ignition Switch
5. Snipped end of ground wire and reattached new clean connector for bolting to 3rd (bottom) bolt on starter for grounding.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!!
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-04-2010, 01:37 PM
Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: JACKSON TENNESSEE
Posts: 69
Are you sure you have the starter relay hooked up right? The two heavy wires go on the bottom post nothing on the top post except the thin metal factory peice. If this is hooked up wroung it will burn your starter up every time.
 
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-05-2010, 08:51 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2
THANK YOU!!!! That was it! In my process of over-thinking the simple, I put one on top and the other on the bottom post.

Running like a charm now!
 
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-06-2010, 07:03 AM
Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: JACKSON TENNESSEE
Posts: 69
glad you got it fixed i had the same problem one time fried 3 starters before i seen my brother had it hooked up wroung. its easy to do when your in a hurry to get your ride back on the road. people on this site will help you with anything they are good people welcome aboard.and give back if you can help someone with a problem.
 
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-06-2010, 12:02 PM
Technical Article Contributor
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: MI
Posts: 25,637
Originally Posted by smcder View Post
THANK YOU!!!! That was it! In my process of over-thinking the simple, I put one on top and the other on the bottom post.

Running like a charm now!
Huh, I've never done that one. My truck has cranked over before , when I was washing it. Thought it was possessed lol. I had a hole in the cable insulation and my harness was holding water.
 
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-05-2015, 04:37 PM
Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 13
Hi 2001 F150 XLT 5.4L here ,im having the same issue ive been through 4 starters and they all would not disengage. I believe im hooking the wires up right? theres a solid black cable that I put on the starter solenoid. the small red wire I put on the th small terminal and theres the kinda big 2 wires on a metal connector that you use to ground on the bottom bolt or stud. Am I wiring it up right guys?
 
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-06-2015, 08:42 AM
Technical Article Contributor
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 912
Originally Posted by Triton150 View Post
Hi 2001 F150 XLT 5.4L here ,im having the same issue ive been through 4 starters and they all would not disengage. I believe im hooking the wires up right? theres a solid black cable that I put on the starter solenoid. the small red wire I put on the th small terminal and theres the kinda big 2 wires on a metal connector that you use to ground on the bottom bolt or stud. Am I wiring it up right guys?
There are no wires you ground on the starter. I don't understand how you're hooking it up from your description, but I'm pretty confident it's wrong.
 
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-07-2015, 11:15 AM
Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 13
That's what im asking. I put the small red wire on the small terminal on the starter solenoid. the I put the big black one on the larger terminal post across from the terminal with the thin piece of metal going to the starter motor. Then theres another black cable down there it looks like two black cables but theyre connected at the end on a metal connector/washer looking thing. And when I originally took the 1st starter off that wire was on the bottom stud bolt and had two nut on it.
 
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-06-2016, 04:37 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 1
Originally Posted by rglass62 View Post
Are you sure you have the starter relay hooked up right? The two heavy wires go on the bottom post nothing on the top post except the thin metal factory peice. If this is hooked up wroung it will burn your starter up every time.
You're the man!!! your post got me straightened out .... thank goodness ... after only one starter. That top bolt is a BEAST!!!!
 
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-05-2016, 09:49 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 1
2000 Ford F150 XL 4x4 4.2L V6

]I just replaced my starter because it went dead. I am now assuming it went dead because the solenoid on the starter burned up. I say this because now that I have installed my third new starter, it always stays engaged after starting the engine.

The mystery here is that I have done "ALL" of what I think is the obvious.

1. Replaced Starter.
2. Replaced Starter switch (Switch/Relay that is mounted on the firewall)
3. Battery is fully charged.
4. Replaced Ignition Switch
5. Snipped end of ground wire and reattached new clean connector for bolting to 3rd (bottom) bolt on starter for grounding.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
 
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-05-2016, 10:33 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Easton, Pa.
Posts: 5,587
The starter can't remain engaged if you put the cables back where they belong.
What you have now is once the start relay pulls up the mis wiring hold it up and keeps the starter connected to the battery.
The firewall relay should only be controlled by the ignition switch in start position
That circuit runs through the transmission selector in PARK and Neutral only..
Take a look at another truck's wiring if your not sure or take the leads off and ID the ignition lead with a voltmeter and put it on the correct terminal.
Good luck.
 
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-05-2016, 11:41 AM
Technical Article Contributor
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 912
Originally Posted by waynedupre48 View Post
]I just replaced my starter because it went dead. I am now assuming it went dead because the solenoid on the starter burned up. I say this because now that I have installed my third new starter, it always stays engaged after starting the engine.

The mystery here is that I have done "ALL" of what I think is the obvious.

1. Replaced Starter.
2. Replaced Starter switch (Switch/Relay that is mounted on the firewall)
3. Battery is fully charged.
4. Replaced Ignition Switch
5. Snipped end of ground wire and reattached new clean connector for bolting to 3rd (bottom) bolt on starter for grounding.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
Did you see post #2 in this thread?
 
Reply With Quote
 
 
 

Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
fsulaxer
2004 - 2008 F-150
11
10-24-2015 06:35 PM
KAM407
Wheels, Tires & Brakes
4
10-05-2015 06:15 PM
Michael Roberts
V8 Engines
0
09-28-2015 08:46 AM
Erichv63
Electrical Systems
1
09-10-2015 07:57 AM
Haz-matt
SuperCrew
1
09-07-2015 12:24 AM

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Sponsors

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:50 AM.