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 Post subject: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:53 am 
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Hi everyone. I hope someone is able to recommend something. My EF Fairmont is struggling to start and I'm not sure if it could be the ignition barrel. What I'm experiencing is all accessories work (radio, lights) but as soon as I turn the key fully to the right to start the car, it doesn't fire at all. Some days it starts first go, other days I've tried jiggling the key around with no luck. By fluke I think I moved the car into Neautral and it started.

Just wanted to know what I could check or test if anything ?
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:05 am 
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Hello,

An auto will only start in Park and Neutral. There is a " device " called an inhibitor switch. Of sorts now days anyway, does the starter not turn ? If so try both positions P and N and wiggle the T bar.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:35 am 
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Thanks mate

Whats the best way to check to see if the starter turns or not, literally check under the hood ?

Also moving the T bar when attempting to start, what will this do exactly ?
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Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:16 pm 
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daniel000 wrote:
Thanks mate

Whats the best way to check to see if the starter turns or not, literally check under the hood ?

Also moving the T bar when attempting to start, what will this do exactly ?



the switch 'maybe' slightly out of spec. moving the t bar 'might' find the sweet spot for it to start. next time you try starting put it in neutral 1st & see how ya go

dunno about the fords .... but on other cars i have had i would just pull off the solenoid start wire & apply 12+ to it [starter motor connection]. if it tried to spin motor over you knew starter motor was ok
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:10 pm 
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Really strange issue. The car started straight away really not sure what it could be fellas
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:51 pm 
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daniel000 wrote:
Really strange issue. The car started straight away really not sure what it could be fellas



what ya mean? ... started up normally or started in neutral?
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:48 pm 
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Sorry started up normal in Park
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:59 pm 
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daniel000 wrote:
Sorry started up normal in Park



ok

next time it plays up ..... shift to neutral & try starting. maybe the inhibit switch . . . maybe or needs adjustment on gear selector rod or linkage on box maybe loose or..... so try starting in neutral 1st time it plays up and we will all go from there :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:53 am 
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Thanks mate! At least I don't think it's the ignition barrel at this point.
Started the car again this morning and started again. There was a very slight delay in it starting but it turned over.

Thanks! And will keep this thread updated.
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:20 am 
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think i have 'similar' with the AU . . . at times nothing .. then twist/insert key bit more :? starts :roll:
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Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:16 am 
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Hey guys so after 5 days the issue happened again where I couldn't start the car in P. Switched it over to N and it started.

Any recommendations on what I could do next ?
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Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:30 am 
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Inhibitor switch.

Next time move it from park and back a few times and then try and start in park.
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:10 am 
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Ok looks to be the inhibitor switch, I jiggled the T Bar while it was in park a couple times as it wasn't starting and sure enough it kicked over.

Just wondering if this is something I should fix or will the issue not get any worse ?
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 Post subject: Re: Ford EF will not start. Help
Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:47 am 
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Fix it.

It may stay the way it is but I will bet good money that it will get worse until if fails completley.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FUELMISER-IN ... Sw8-tWV7fn
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Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:26 pm 
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SWC wrote:
Fix it.



as grumps has said .. fix it ... :mrgreen:



it may play up now & again for 8 months [or 2 weeks] ..... then die completely leaving you stranded in the worst possible spot. so best bet is to fix as soon as
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