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Old 11-10-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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7.3L starter solonoid

The starter has failed to engage twice in the past 5 days. That's 2 out of about 15 starts. I'd like to replace it before it fails totally out in the boonies somewhere. I'm on the road in Denver. How big a job is it? I don't even know where it's located.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:11 PM   #2
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Re: 7.3L starter solonoid

Have you tried jumping the terminals on the fender-mounted solenoid? This usually fails first.
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:42 AM   #3
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Re: 7.3L starter solonoid

Thanks for the note. I was able to relay that to the mechanic. I was not aware of a second solonoid.
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Re: 7.3L starter solonoid

I carry a spare fender solenoid because I've gone through 3 already.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:37 PM   #5
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Re: 7.3L starter solonoid

So I am in the same boat here. I was having starting issues recently. I would jump it and it would be fine. Had the batteries checked and they were fine. Replaced the alternator and the van was working great for about 2 weeks. Moved my van tonight to hook up my trailer then turned it off. Went to start it five minutes later and nothing. Not even a click.
Could it be the solenoid? How do I test that?
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Re: 7.3L starter solonoid

After the 2 starting failures I wrote about, it never acted up again. I'll let sleeping dogs lie for now.

When mine failed, the starter spun up - it just didn't engage the fly wheel. I think that it's a failure of the solenoid on the starter that throws the Bendix gear.

The one on the fender wall delivers power to the whole starter assembly and when it fails you just get a click.

I don't know if the solenoid on the starter is an easy replacement or if you need to swap out the whole starter.
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Re: 7.3L starter solonoid

Possibly poor connections???
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