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 Post subject: ford ignition issues....again
Posted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:56 pm 
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Hi everyone,

I am pretty stumped as to what's happening with my car. I have had a pretty deep trawl around on here but nothing has solved it yet.

So it's an xh van I put an AUIII in a while ago it all fired up and was running well. Running the distributor from the xh engine.

Then one day about a month back it would crank but wouldn't start.

I traced it to the coil which i replaced twice. The nodule on the new coils seemed to be shorter than the original and wouldnt seat properly so I moved the plug up a bit on the lead and it started a couple times and then stopped starting. I don't know what was happening here.

At some point after this I lost the keys and drilled out the ignition barrel and replaced it.

I think I got it started after this though.

Now it has randomly stopped cranking too - battery is fine.

I can hear the relays click.
I suspected the BCM it is a brown one which I replaced a while back. I haven't opened it up to have a look but it looks dry.

I have tried starting it and giving it a few taps but to no avail it wont crank.

I pulled the two red wires with blue tracer out from the small clip on the bcm and connected them, but there doesn't seem to be any power running through those lines with the multimeter. And nothing happened.

I have changed all the fuses the crt lamp was blown, I replaced it.

When I turn the key the smartlock just comes up for second then turns off like normal.

I have tapped the solenoid on the starter.

Pretty stumped with this.

Suppose it give me a chance to try out the legendary ford mods forums.

 Post subject: Re: ford ignition issues....again
Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 12:13 am 
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Sounds like a bad starter motor solenoid ???
 Post subject: Re: ford ignition issues....again
Posted: Sat May 04, 2019 3:01 pm 
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You could test the starter by having ignition on in park and use a screwdriver to start (on the starter itself) it which will bypass the solenoid,if it starts its the solenoid/or signal wire and if it doesn't then it's the starter motor itself.

Cheers Johnny.



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 Post subject: Re: ford ignition issues....again
Posted: Sun May 05, 2019 11:35 am 
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You said you had no power at red/blue wires. ???
Did you have ignition in crank position when you tested red blue wires for power if you did check ignition switch for power at red blue wire while cranking also check ignition switch harness for burnt connection at connecting plug at steering column
Use a test light for testing
Check starter relay operation near battery iirc
Is or was there an alarm fitted that may be cutting start circuit
Bridge the wires you connected at BEM red blue to power

Just realised this was posted more than 2 weeks ago
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