I have a 2002 ford e150 van.

Asked by Sep 02, 2017 at 02:02 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Has a new starter, battery, terminals. But won't start
everytime. It may not start 1/15 times. When it does
this it won't even turnover.

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It may be your ignition switch, if it won't even crank at all. Is the ignition switch loose or wobbly? Does jiggling the ignition switch allow the van to start? What actually allows the van to start when it does finally start?

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I've tried jiggling the ignition, raising the tilt steering up and down to see if that gets it to start and nothing. Nothing in particular gets it to start that I have found yet. Last time I changed the starter and before that I literally pushed the van 10 yards so I could get under it and before I got under it I gave it one last shot and it started.


Do you mean the starter won't turnover or the engine when the starter does work? If the starter is working I would check for spark at the plugs. If you have spark then I would check the fuel pressure to ensure the fuel pump is working. If the starter is not cranking then there must be connection problem. This could be anywhere from the ignition switch through the fuse panel to the battery, starter solenoid and starter.

Starter won't.


Check the starter relay.

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Kevin Paul, how do you know if the starter relay is going bad? Since it usually starts I don't know how you know if the relay is bad. I jump the starter today to get it home and after I got it home I started it several times. Started just fine.

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