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Truck started easily this a.m. Drove it about 50miles.

Cut the truck off whilst adding gas,tried restarting and it acted like the starter was "dragging"

Reached under the truck, felt of the starter, it was hot, not warm, but hot.

Had to set at the pumps for about 20minutes till the starter cooled, then it fired right up.

Anyone know what causes this to happen?

This is an older truck, does have oil seepage going on, and I did notice the starter had a nice coating of oil on it.
 

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When in doubt, change it out. :wink:

Nothing worse than a starter crapping out on you right before work or when you're in a hurry to get somewhere.
 

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Put the key in the ignition and turn to the on position. Give the truck about a 1/2 hour and see if your starter is getting warmed up. If it is you have a voltage draw that's heating up the starter, could be a short or chassis grounded positive wire in series with the starter.
 

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Deek said:
Put the key in the ignition and turn to the on position. Give the truck about a 1/2 hour and see if your starter is getting warmed up. If it is you have a voltage draw that's heating up the starter, could be a short or chassis grounded positive wire in series with the starter.
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Could the oil be causing the short?

This is the second starter within about a year. This was put on about 4mths ago and I doubt it has cycled more than 200 times.

Basically its new......but then again, so was the one before it.

I will do as advised, then if it heats, check all the wires going to the starter, and check the grounds.
 

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Adam5 said:
If you need to buy a starter shoot me PM first. I can get you a wholesale price.
I appreciate the offer, however the one that is currently on the truck has a warranty.

Went out about 5 minutes ago and switched the key on...
 

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It sounds like the starter is the problem.

Deek can attest to the ones that we used to see in the shop that had too much oil leaking on them and made them go bad. We even had one on one of our delivery trucks that had a pin hole in a heater hose that filled the starter with antifreeze.
 

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Just out of curiosity, when you had this issue, did the truck act like it had a weak battery? If so, you may have an issue with a bad cell in the battery or possibly a loose cable on the battery, or batteries if it is a diesel.
 

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Just out of curiosity, when you had this issue, did the truck act like it had a weak battery? If so, you may have an issue with a bad cell in the battery or possibly a loose cable on the battery, or batteries if it is a diesel.
Not sure what the problem was. Starter was under warranty, took it back.
 

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If this was a Chevy, I would say replace the truck. Since it's a Ford, just replace the starter....
 

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Now we'll never know! I was going to suggest a stuck "park-neutral switch." :(
 

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SilentGhost said:
Just out of curiosity, when you had this issue, did the truck act like it had a weak battery? If so, you may have an issue with a bad cell in the battery or possibly a loose cable on the battery, or batteries if it is a diesel.
Not sure what the problem was. Starter was under warranty, took it back.
Check and clean ALL electrical connections between battery, starter and fuse block under the hood. If it wasn't the starter, I suspect you have a loose or corroded wire or connector. A dead cell in the battery could be a problem as well. Load test your battery.
 

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Now we'll never know! I was going to suggest a stuck "park-neutral switch." :(
Of course, I could still be right. :wink:
 

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Bad starter get one before it will not crank even when cold .... I replace these everyday , and very simple on this truck.
 

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CountryGun said:
Now we'll never know! I was going to suggest a stuck "park-neutral switch." :(
Of course, I could still be right. :wink:
If it makes you feel better, I think it could had been a stuck park-neutral switch. I bet I wasted my time changing the starter out. I should had utilized your advice to begin with.

Or, there is always the off chance it was an under inflated tire.
 

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CountryGun said:
CountryGun said:
Now we'll never know! I was going to suggest a stuck "park-neutral switch." :(
Of course, I could still be right. :wink:
If it makes you feel better, I think it could had been a stuck park-neutral switch. I bet I wasted my time changing the starter out. I should had utilized your advice to begin with.

Or, there is always the off chance it was an under inflated tire.
:lol: I wish you well! Ya' know, if all of us old "shade tree" mechanics got together, we could open a shop.
 
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