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 Post subject: EF XR8 not starting
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:09 pm 
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The wifes car isnt starting as in wont even crank over. no ticking for a flat battery or whiney noise for a dodgey starter motor battery showing a solid 14 volts

ive checked relays, fuses, leads, and the other usual quick things

the key turns to the ON position radio and lights all work fine just no cranking.
the (!) comes on when trying to start the car

dizzy perhaps? the old manual isnt to indepth

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 Post subject: Re: EF XR8 not starting
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:41 pm 
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So the same effect as though the gear selector is in R or D ?
Could be the BEM if all the fuses and relays are intact.
In fact I had the same type of fault a few months back, that is that it was dead quiet.
I whacked the crap out of the starter motor with crow bar and it then cranked over & started up.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF XR8 not starting
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:02 pm 
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hmm will tow it to work 2moro and get it sorted then

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:03 pm 
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I had the same problem with my wagon, I did the same thing that Vic did, smashed the starter motor a few times with a great big shifter, and it fired up no worries, and hasnt had a problem since.

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF XR8 not starting
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:14 pm 
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Just curious but do you need to tow the car if all you have to do is whack the starter motor in your driveway? Save yourself some money and smack the starter motor!

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:16 pm 
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or the BCM is faulty. try hitting the dash just above your left knee while cranking it

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:52 pm 
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seems like all the advice this dude has recieved is whackin the fuk outs random parts of his car. lol.
nice. try yellin and swearin while hittin it. might help :lol: :roll:

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF XR8 not starting
Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:09 am 
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howmany ks has it done,man or auto? i just started to recodition the starters and alternators,they dont last forever,and will break down.

 

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Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:14 am 
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i let my old ef fairmont sit for 2 weeks, then went to start it and nothing happend, tapped the starter motor with a hammer and it went, but everytime after that it still needed a little help with the hammer,so i replaced the starter motor,

 

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 Post subject: Re: EF XR8 not starting
Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:27 pm 
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so did u get the problem fixded as ive got same prob??
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Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:09 pm 
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hi,has the starter motor been replaced,solinod contacts burn out and wont contact,brushes wear out.does it click when you turn the key,also on autos the neutral safety switch on t bar and the gear selector on the side of the gear box,try the P or N to start,it needs a signal for neutral to start.hope it helps.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:26 pm 
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nah no click silent just like its in gear ive changed inhibitor switch, i drove home parked , got up next day an this it it. anm i can crank starter if i bridge it, but wont start
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Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 5:57 pm 
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nah no click silent just like its in gear ive changed inhibitor switch, i drove home parked , got up next day an this it it. anm i can crank starter if i bridge it, but wont start

ok,so starter works.inhibitor switch is position sensitive.there is another pain i just thought of,its the tfi module on the side of the dizzy,a 6cyl one will work on the v8,no spark.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:16 pm 
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dunno what was with mine. maybe angry ford electrical gremlins.

it started up fine the next day and has been running fine since

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:19 pm 
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oh crap forme then, glad it did for u, thks mate
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