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Loss of electrical power #738914
August 01st 2018 8:13 pm
August 01st 2018 8:13 pm
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Danville, Illinois
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I have an 1989 E-150 that sits a lot, and the other day it wouldn't start. Just some clicking then total loss of all power. I figured the battery was dead, bit it was fully charged. The inline fuse at the solenoid had blown. It ended up being a bad solenoid and starter, probably from so much sitting. I replaced them, reconnected the battery and it fired right up.

While driving it and sitting at a stop light waiting to turn, all power was lost again. The headlights, turn signal, brake lights, wipers and radio were all on at the time then silence. The inline fuse had blown again. I replaced it, fired it up and drove it home. I parked it and walked away.

Yesterday i tried starting it and got the clicking again and then loss of power again, but no blown fuse this time. I disconnected the battery and looked for other blown fuses but found none. Today I reconnected the battery and it fired right up, so I let it run for a bit headlights, radio, etc on. No blown fuses this time. I shut it off and restarted it with no problem.

We shall see what tomorrow brings. I'm going to start with checking the grounding straps for good connections. Any other suggestions short of it being haunted or just hating me for letting it sit.

Regards,
KeVan


KeVan
'87 Ford Econoline 150
'07 Dodge Magnum SXT
Re: Loss of electrical power [Re: KeVan] #740168
September 06th 2018 11:22 pm
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Check the cleanliness and tightness of the battery terminal connections.


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Re: Loss of electrical power [Re: KeVan] #740196
September 07th 2018 10:37 am
September 07th 2018 10:37 am
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Danville, Illinois
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I had new negative battery cable/terminal and a new body grounding cable made at NAPA a few weeks ago. Replaced the old ones and installed a new positive cable/terminal as well. The old body connection was from the negative battery cable to fender well to a starter mount bolt (all one cable). It was very loose at the fender well connection. Now the body ground goes from the battery negative post to the body on one cable, and a second cable goes from the negative post to a starter mount bolt.

The problem seems to be solved. It has started every time so far and turns over and fires right up faster than I ever remember it doing before.


KeVan
'87 Ford Econoline 150
'07 Dodge Magnum SXT
Re: Loss of electrical power [Re: KeVan] #740197
September 07th 2018 12:05 pm
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Our '88 E150 has two battery negative cables from the starting battery like yours (also two from the "house" battery). As well as four ground straps along the length of frame between frame and body. Cheap insurance......

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Re: Loss of electrical power [Re: KeVan] #740198
September 07th 2018 3:33 pm
September 07th 2018 3:33 pm
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I thought about doing frame to body grounds as well but haven't got that far yet.


KeVan
'87 Ford Econoline 150
'07 Dodge Magnum SXT

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