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Old 08-23-2008, 10:20 AM   #29
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There's a simple possibility that is often overlooked - the shift level has a lockout switch to prevent engaging the starter when not in N or P. If that switch isn't closed you get ... nothing! Next time you get nothing, try moving the shift lever . Heat can change the position of the contacts by expanding metal, so it could happen only when hot. Anyway, good luck with it.

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Old 08-23-2008, 11:48 AM   #30
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Good points!

I have to agree with jking/garry! Good points guys!

NAPA parts are far better than Autozone in my experience. However GM parts have worked even better than NAPA for me.
I too, like Mustang, do a bit of dragracing and that can test some parts. It also makes makes you keep searching for a better mousetrap.

I have learned a lot from this thread. It's pretty cool to see all of the different ways that folks have solved/fixed the same problem.

Have a great weekend all,

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Old 08-23-2008, 01:13 PM   #31
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Revisit a thread from early 2004

Lots of questions answered here:

and one with pictures from 2003 here:

"Suck it up, spend the bucks, do it right the first time."

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Old 08-24-2008, 09:45 AM   #32
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I wouold like to add, Start simple, and work your way in. It saves time and money in the long run. Look at the first symptoms, what you have changed, then ask youreslf if the sympotoms have changed? I keep a running notebook on my stuff, Dates changes ect. Superduty for warranty issues. Mustang for time alltitude and weather issues. other things for warranty and replacement issues. Start a time line. keep an open mind. use a volt meter or a circuit light. Never forget safety while doing all this

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