1976 Ford E-150 Starting Problems


Old 06-06-07, 11:10 AM
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1976 Ford E-150 Starting Problems

I have a 1976 Ford Econoline E-150 van with a 351 windsor motor and C-4 Transmission.

This afternoon I tried to start it and with ignition a loud screaming sound seemed to be eminating from the radio speakers. I immediately turned off vehicle and disconnected the radio fuse in order to find out where the noise might be coming from, HNowever when I tried to start again, no ignition, starter clicking sound. No lights. so I have put it on charge but seems to have hard time charging up.

Not sure what to do next.
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1976 Ford Econoline E-150 Van Starting Problems

Followup to original posting. Boosted battery, reconnected cables, turned ignition and truck started right up idling with loud screaming that may be eminating from alternator. Truck idled for two minutes then stalled out, with no more charge in battery.

If bearings are at fault, could faulty bearings not only cause screaming, but also discharge( or fail to recharge) battery.

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Worn out alternator could give you all kinds of different symptoms. On newer vehicles low alternator output from a failing one can manifest itself with funny shifting of the tranny and other electonic oddities. Yours is old enough to not have very fancy electronics, but it could certainly do the things you describe. Time for a rebuilt one.
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Many chain auto stores will check your charging system for free. But I suspect a dead bat and possibly a bad alternator. If the alt. is screaming, the bearings(at least) are shot, so no choice there.
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Start with the alternator - a good [or fair] battery will die if it doesn't get charged.
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