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Ford f 150: 1999 Ford F 150, V8 . Going down the road and dies.

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1999 Ford F 150, V8 . Going down the road and dies. If I wait 20 or 30 minutes most of the time it starts up again.Some times it won't. Also sometimes it will not start at all for a few days. Today went to start it and would not start , red flashing light said anti theft. Turned it off and tried again it started just fine.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
greetings, dies it run bad or just quit like the key is shut off when it does? does it crank when it does not start? did you check for trouble codes?
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
when it dies, is it like shutting it off. excuse my poor typing
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
yes. It is just like you turned the key off
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
yes no trouble codes, runs great when it is running, yes it cranks but just won't start
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
I have seen no start and shut off issues with instrument clusters. It would be best to try and communicate with all the modules when the vehicle will not start . If we cannot do this we can try to shock the cluster(band on the dash) or better get access to the connectors to the cluster and do a wiggle test. I have seen more cluster with circuit board or internal faults than pin fit/connector issues. I have duplicated the no start and then rapped the cluster and the vehicle would start.
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
if the cluster is the fault it would need to be programmed when replaced. You can send it out to an independent business. I have seen and used some, off e-bay when looking for a used module.
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
when removing the or moving the cluster remember to disconnect the PRNDL
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
ok thank you
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
ok
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
keep me posted on what you find
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
again, diagnostic scan tool is the best but we can start here
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
will do
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
ok tanks for the help
Expert:  Ironmike replied 7 months ago.
you are very welcome

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