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I have a 97 ford with intermittent start. Sometimes it just…

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I have a 97...

I have a 97 ford with intermittent start. Sometimes it just clicks but won't crank. during attempts the radio looses all memory settings, and teh power door locks cycle.

Mechanic's Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?

starter was changed, battery was changed,

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Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago
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Can I get the model and engine?

For the radio to lose memory that means the vehicle has to lose all the voltage to it. That can only occur from a weak or dead battery, poor battery connections or poor battery cable connections to the chassis, fuse box, alternator, and starter relay. Have you checked those?

Auto or manual transmission?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
it's a 97 ford 150 4.6 liter v-8 automatic. I got it to start, and once running everything works, Radio, heater, all lights, runs and drives fine.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
the ground cable has 3 leads, the biggest (4gauge -fat cable) goes to the engine block (on the starter mounting bolt), the others are smaller (10-12 gauge) going to a post on the fire wall and the chasis (near the starter). The starter lead and the firewall are clean and tight, the Chasis lead is rusted as the entire chasis has signficant rust.
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago

Since it is now running, do you need any more help?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Good Morning. The truck doesn't start, so yes I do need help. It started once after about 3 hours of messing around. But after I shut it off it again wouldn't start.
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago

Will it at least crank?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The truck still isn't starting and so I decided to bring my truck to a mechanic. I had time over the weekend to try and fix it myself (with your help), but now it's back to work. Will my credit card still be charged?
Ford Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 2 years ago

You were charged on 13th by the website. I have not been paid since there was never a rating. If you have concerns about the fees, you need to take that up with the website.

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