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Old 08-29-2010, 09:11 AM
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I can't get my 1993 Ford Econoline Van started. Replaced solenoid, had battery checked. Before I jack it up to get to the starter, I want to know if I have the solenoid wired correctly. The old solenoid had 3 posts, the new one has four. I didn't use the post marked I (as per the directions on the new solenoid). I have one wire going to the small post, and the two larger post have two wires on one, and three on the other. Is this correct?

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do you get any sound from the solenoid when you try to start it. If not the problem could be the nuetral/safety switch.Try starting it in nuetral.If still nothing hold it in the start posistion and jiggle the gear shift in neutral.
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I agree about checking that neutral switch as they are well known for causing this problem. The "I" terminal is not used in your application since this is the resistor wire by-pass circuit that was used on earlier Fords but that function is dealt with in another place on the later models, it serves no purpose in your case but it in no way means the solenoid will not work on your ford. If you have a voltmeter you could check to see if you are getting voltage on the small wire that connects to the "S" terminal when the key is in the start position, just pull it loose and connect the voltmeter and get a helper to turn the key for you. If you don't have voltage on this wire when the key is turned then the problem is neither the solenoid nor the starter however if you do have 12 volts or higher on this wire (only when the key is in start) and you are not getting a loud click from the solenoid then the solenoid is likely at fault (not likely with a new solenoid). If you do get that loud click from the solenoid then the starter circuit is ok and the starter or possibly the cables are the problem.

Just to mention a couple of things I have seen happen with others who were unfamiliar with how these things are wired, the small wires that connect to the large terminals along with the battery cable should be connected to the large terminal on the battery side of the solenoid, usually there will not be any small wires connected to the large terminal that is on the starter side of the solenoid since that terminal is only hot when the starter is engaged (or any time the solenoid is activated). I ran into that situation less than two weeks ago on a F150. Also do you by any chance have those clamp on cable end replacements? It is a common problem for those things to corrode and lose contact with the cable so even if the battery is charged and the posts clean they still will not work if they are losing contact to the cable.

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