Re: Help: Van starting issues, ignition switch replace, etc.
Just replaced the starter and the solenoid this afternoon. Wow, the starter has to be one of the easiest mechanical parts to replace in a Ford van! Went with a new NAPA starter and a NAPA/Echlin solenoid. $150 total. BTW, NAPA has their "bucket sale" going on, where anything that fits in their NAPA 5-gallon bucket is 20% off (you have to buy the bucket for $3, but saved me over $30).
I guess time will tell if this solves the problem or not. As it was intermittent, no way to tell immediately. As I look back at the symptoms, the no-start does seem to happen after driving the van for a while (30-45 minutes), when the engine is hot. So JWA's theory is plausible. I'll probably take it on a 30+ minute joyride, bring it home, and then try to hot-start it to see if the problem reoccurs. Hoping this took care of it (figured both of those items were worth replacing as preventative maintenance, anyway, since the van is 16 years old).