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Old 04-13-2011, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2000 F250 SD 7.3L won't turn over...

Hi I'm new to the sight but I've read it for years... I looked all over the forum for the last 2 days and have not found a post that helped me. I am the original owner of a 2000 Ford SD w/7.3L diesel. MY PROBLEM...It will not turn over.
I came home Sunday night, parked the truck and Monday afternoon tried to start the truck... it made a click and never turned over... Now every time I try to start it from the ignition it blows the #20 fuse (starter motor relay coil, clutch switch). I assume the click I was hearing was the fuse blowing. I've never had a problem starting it before... other than the usual 7.3L cold morning trouble we've all had. I thought I could smell hot wires uner the hood... however the wind was blowing 25+ and I could never pin point it or tell for sure.
The batteries are 3 months old and both register about 13.1 and pass a load test. I've beat on the starter... Jiggled the shifter, tried to start it in neutral. looked at the PCM power relay. I've unplugged the fuel heater and tried starting it that way... I can't even get the starter to turn over by jumping the solenoid on the passengers sidewall.
Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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You're starter could be locked up. If this was mine, my next step would be to pull the starter and bench test it just to see if it spins at all. If it doesn't - you've identified the problem - if it does, put a wrench on the front crank and try turning it over by hand - your engine could be hydrolocked.
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Thanks RT...
I guess the starter is next... I already put a socket on the crank to check that as well... Happy to say that's not the issue.
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Same thing happened to my truck. It wouldn't turn over and it wasn't the battery's. It ended up that my starter got stuck. I was able to hit it and get it to work but after I turned my truck off and tried to turn it on again, it got stuck. Ended up needing a new starter.
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Well I got the starter out... I will get it checked tomorrow.
I tried to bench test it myself and the starter engages... but doesn't turn.
Could this blow the #20 starter motor rely coil fuse as well?... Or does it sound like I have other issues as well... Should I replace the seliniod on the fender well while I'm at it?
Thanks for the input.
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When you bench tested it, did you put power to both the large terminal and the small one? Each have their own job to supply power to. Our starters are a little different than the older ones.

When you apply power to the solenoid, the solenoid will do two things. 1, it closes the contacts to allow power to the armature/fields. and 2, it engages the bendix to the flywheel/flexplate.
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Update...
I took the starter into the stealership... they said it had a "dead short" in the soleniod.
So I got a new starter and a new relay soleniond, (the one on the passenger sidewall)...
Replaced them both... and she fired right up. Things appear to be fixed now... so thanks to everyone who chimed in...
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