1996 f250 won't start

Asked by May 19, 2017 at 07:18 PM about the 1996 Ford F-250 2 Dr XL 4WD Extended Cab SB HD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just got an f250 1996 and it got stuck in
first gear and after looking at it I found the
cable was binded and so I got it in park
and now it won't start. It does turn over or
anything, it doesn't feel like the ignition is  
engaging. What's the problem?

17 Answers

Won't turn over*

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The park switch still could be out of adjustment due to the cable fouling up. You will have to get under there and see if it has been damaged or loose.

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CAN YOU GET IT TO CYCLE THROUGH ALL THE GEARS AND PARK? THINKING ITS RELATED TO THE NETURAL SAFTEY SWITCH..K

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Kelly yes I can get it to go threw all the gears and the brake safety for park is engaging

tennisshoes the park safety is engaging

120,945

Not that switch, the gear selector switch down on the tranny.

tennisshoes I'm not sure exactly what your talking about but this may answer your question, I jacked up the truck and made sure the wheels did lock up in park

Another thing is, the (ABS) light comes on with key out of ignition

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Here's a picture courtesy of Ford

120,945

Abs is another totally different problem. There should not be any power feeding the ABS light when the key is off. That problem is something only a pro should look at due to the sensitivity of air bag deployment.

tennisshoes Ohhh alright, so your saying that thing could be malfunctioning

It looks fine in my opinion

120,945

Looks good, but you still need to test it, and it also looks like someone has been there before.

32,535

YOU NEED POWER IN AND OUT OF THE SWITCH AND PLUG IS OK.HERES ANOTER IDEA.If the engine will not crank at all, it's typical of a neutral safety switch that is experiencing electrical issues. In this case, no power is flowing through the neutral safety switch to the starter relay. This prevents the starter motor from cranking the engine. This symptom indicates a completely open electrical circuit inside the neutral safety switch which may be due to a faulty relay, ****blown fuse****, or electrical problem with the switch itself. If the issue is with the switch, it will need to be replaced.

tennisshoes How would I test it?

Alright Kelly, where is the neutral safety switch location

120,945

Use a test light, check for power going in the switch from the ignition switch, and then test for power getting to the starter relay when you turn the key to crank. If no power from ignition switch then bad ignition switch, if no power from park/safety switch then bad park/safety switch. Looks like there might be some confusion on the switches name, on older rigs it's called a nuetral safety switch or park switch, on later models it's called a gear selector switch, still performs the same function as a neutral safety switch but now it tells the ECM what gear has been selected. Hope that clears some things up.

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