96 F150 hit a pothole and nothing works

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Old 09-08-20, 05:22 PM
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96 F150 hit a pothole and nothing works

About a week ago I hit a pothole in my 96 f150 that stretched across the whole street. At first I didnít notice anything too crazy so I continued on to where I was going. I came back out a few hours later and the truck wouldnít start. The dash and headlights were all not working. I could switch on the cabin light but it would slowly get brighter and a loud clicking sound came from underneath the steering Column. Other than that nothing. I checked the battery and alternator. Both were good. Tried jumping the starter solenoid but didnít get anything I crawled under and canít see any ground or anything out of the ordinary. Everything is still connected but the truck acts like I have no battery connected to it.
 
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Old 09-08-20, 08:46 PM
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Checked the battery how? Load test?
 
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Old 09-09-20, 03:13 AM
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Ya, you want to rule out the battery first. Make sure it has a full charge and the cables are tight/clean on both ends. Have you tried to jump start it with another vehicle?
 
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Old 09-09-20, 03:42 AM
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Don't know if this will help. but there is a fuel cut off switch under dash. Here is something I found.


Its underneath the dash on the drivers side... look for a switch with a red button pointing straight up kinda recessed in the black switch.. push it til it clicks then start the truck. If it runs and dies or doesn't start at all that was it. You can just unplug it too.. I believe to turn it back on you have to raise the red button with a pick or screwdriver.. or if you unplugged it.. plug it back in.


 
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Old 09-09-20, 04:38 AM
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Reseat all connectors in bulkhead between cabin and engine compartment.
 
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Bad block ground. Easy to test
 
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Old 09-11-20, 05:07 AM
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Pugsl, I thought that era of F150 had the fuel cut-off behind the top of the kick panel on the pax side.
 
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Old 09-11-20, 09:31 AM
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Tow guy thanks have I have no idea just something I found on internet to may be help. Didn't think everything would cut off from a fuel shut off.
 
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Old 09-11-20, 10:15 AM
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I continued on to where I was going.
If it was the inertia switch I dont think it would have kept running. It would have died right then and there.
 
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Old 09-12-20, 08:49 AM
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Yeah, I would have discounted the inertia switch as well, all it does is pull the plug on the fuel pump.
 
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