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1982 E350 no start #758122
March 19th 2020 5:03 pm
March 19th 2020 5:03 pm
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Went to start up my newly acquired E350 today and it won't start. I turned on the headlights, they do not come on. Dome light not coming on as well. I installed the new starter that came with it, and the battery I bought for it is good, had it tested today. It seems like it is not getting power somewhere, what /where should I be checking?

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Jeff Wecker
Abilene Kansas

1982 Ford Econoline E350~new daily driver
Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758126
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Check your battery cables first. Nothing will work if either of them are fubar’d. Many times it’s a loose ground. If not, move next to fuses. Probably something simple though.


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Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758128
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Corroded cables or ends


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Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758129
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That's what I'm thinking as the battery I bought for it was 6 months old, and the cable ends are tight on the posts.(posts are very clean) Guess I'll break out the test light and see what's up

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Jeff Wecker
Abilene Kansas

1982 Ford Econoline E350~new daily driver
Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758193
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Was looking at wiring under the hood today, saw a fusible link (orange wire) that has a "bump" in the insulation. Is it blown?

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Jeff Wecker
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Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758197
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Maybe? Looks kinked altogether.


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Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758205
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That's what I'm wondering, but not sure


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Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758271
March 23rd 2020 8:17 pm
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Okay a little update: I swapped starter relays, still no headlights/dome lights and nothing at the key. BUT I can now jump across the relay posts and get it to crank over. Also observed no ground wire running from the neg terminal to body and none from the engine to the frame rail


Jeff Wecker
Abilene Kansas

1982 Ford Econoline E350~new daily driver
Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: GreatWhiteEconolineE350] #758274
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Is there a ground from battery to engine atleast? I would def try and add those you mentioned if you aren’t getting proper ground. Make sure the ends connecting to engine , etc are in good shape


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Re: 1982 E350 no start [Re: Deathorvictory] #758277
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Originally Posted by Deathorvictory
Is there a ground from battery to engine atleast? I would def try and add those you mentioned if you aren’t getting proper ground. Make sure the ends connecting to engine , etc are in good shape


The only one I see is the one from the battery to the engine block. I'm wondering if the ignition switch has taken a dump


Jeff Wecker
Abilene Kansas

1982 Ford Econoline E350~new daily driver

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