I'm having a starting problem with my 1995 Bounder. It has a 1994 Ford F53 chassis with a 460 motor. Sometimes when I turn the ignition key it just clicks and nothing happens. It is intermittent, sometimes it starts 1st time, sometimes it takes 2 to 10 tries.
My mechanic said it is the starter solenoid and I need a new starter.
(batteries are fine)
I went under the rig and it looks pretty basic to swap it out.
What is strange to me is it looks to have a bolt on the bottom and
another on top. However on top there is no bolt head. So either it is a stud that the starter hangs on and bolts on the bottom only or the bolt head broke off. Anyone with info on this would be appreciated.
When I used Rockauto.com to look up starters, the pictures show only 2 mounting holes on the starter. And like I said above, the upper one on my rig is either missing the head of the bolt or it is a stud the starter hangs on.
Odds are it is not the starter or the solenoid. There is a relay located between the ignition and the starter that is typically the culprit for this problem. This is a well known problem on the late 90's F53 chassis. Follow the cable/wire from the starter up to the ignition, between the two you will find a relay. Sorry, I don't know the part number for this, but it has been discussed many times in this forum and others have provided the part number, pictures of what it looks like, etc. Also, when I was having the same problem on my 1997 Bounder F53, I only had to run a new/additional "ground" cable on my chassis battery, and that fixed the problem. This should be a relatively "cheap" fix as I think the relay is about $10.00 or so, and a battery cable should only be about $10.00 or so, if needed.
Oh, I found a previous thread on this, check it out here:
kplender I owe ya a cold one. You saved me buying a new starter for nothing.
It was the starter relay mounted on the firewall, left side of the engine.
I tested it and it wasn't passing the 12 volts through even though it was clicking. $38 part, 30 min's to replace. Starts like a champ now.