Symptoms of a Bad Starter in a 96 Ford F150

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Symptoms of a Bad Starter in a 96 Ford F150
A 1996 Ford F150 has several possible symptoms when a starter is going bad. (Golden Gate viewed from the truck image by Alex)

The 1996 Ford F150 pickup truck's starter is on the underside of the engine on the driver's side. The starter engages when the ignition key is turned and then turns the flywheel, which starts or cranks the engine. The symptoms of a bad starter are easily recognisable.

Starter Draw

"Starter draw' is one of the symptoms of a bad starter on the 1996 Ford F150. This is when an overheating starter draws more voltage from the battery. The truck engine turns over slowly or there is a dragging sound. The overheating of the starter is caused by weak or worn out windings on the starter motor.

Clicking Sound

The 1996 Ford F150 may have a bad starter when the driver turns the ignition switch and a clicking sound is heard. A bad battery can also cause this symptom. If the headlights and dome light come on and the battery voltage is strong, then the problem is with the starter.

Spinning Noise

Another symptom of a bad starter is when the ignition switch is turned on and the starter spins but the engine does not engage. This symptom is caused by the bendix on the starter, which is the gear that pushes out when the starter is ignited and then cranks the flywheel. When the bendix does not push out to engage the flywheel, the starter has to be replaced.

Grinding Sound

The starter is bad when the operator turns on the key and the engine starts but a grinding sound is heard for a few seconds after start-up. The bendix has pushed out and engaged the flywheel, cranking the engine, but it does not retract. The flywheel turning pushes the bendix back into place, causing a grinding sound.

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