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    Default Ford 4000 starting problem can you help??

    hey people im having trouble starting my 4000, when i try to start it theres just a loud clicking noise coming from the starter motor....it does not turn over whatsoever and i tink the starter might be broken. It has been very cold here the last few days but its parked in the shed all the time, can anybody help me ??? Thanks

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    Default Re: Ford 4000 starting problem can you help??

    Quote Originally Posted by alanmcc18 View Post
    hey people im having trouble starting my 4000, when i try to start it theres just a loud clicking noise coming from the starter motor....it does not turn over whatsoever and i tink the starter might be broken. It has been very cold here the last few days but its parked in the shed all the time, can anybody help me ??? Thanks
    I'm thinking you need to check your battery first to make sure it is good and hot and then check your solenoid. If you can cross it and the starter engages then you need a solenoid.

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    You really need a volt meter. They are cheap. You can pick one up under $10 at harbor freight. Sometimes even free with a coupon.

    First thing to do is make sure the batter is good. 12v is a dead battery. You want to see 12.5v+ A clicking solenoid at the starter is usually a sign of a weak connection or a dead battery.
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    Default Re: Ford 4000 starting problem can you help??

    I'm thinking you need to check your battery first to make sure it is good and hot and then check your solenoid. If you can cross it and the starter engages then you need a solenoid.[/QUOTE]

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    Default Re: Ford 4000 starting problem can you help??

    yep.. i'd check bat and cables too espeially if it is a 3 cyl.. those are pretty decently sized engines.. take lotsa juice!

    if bat is good and don't drop excessive volts.. next thing to check is for hydrolock

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    Hi all having trouble with my Ford 4000 3 cly 1973. Basically broke down yesterday in the field. 2 problems 1 the battery is playing up having to jump start it from a jeep and 2 yesterday may have run out if diesel. Filled it up it will start shudder abit then stop. I think there is a fuel problem air in the system! Tried bleeding it but not sure if I am doing it right. It has 1 CAV air filter. The battery is off and charging. Thanks Andy Wales UK

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    Quote Originally Posted by tan125 View Post
    Hi all having trouble with my Ford 4000 3 cly 1973. Basically broke down yesterday in the field. 2 problems 1 the battery is playing up having to jump start it from a jeep and 2 yesterday may have run out if diesel. Filled it up it will start shudder abit then stop. I think there is a fuel problem air in the system! Tried bleeding it but not sure if I am doing it right. It has 1 CAV air filter. The battery is off and charging. Thanks Andy Wales UK

    Here's a general method for bleeding a diesel fuel system.

    Bleeding a Diesel Fuel System
    Start at the fuel outlet of the tank (inlet to the filter). Shut the tank valve, remove the line at the filter inlet and holding a suitable container to catch the diesel fuel, open the valve. You should have a CONTINUOUS rush/flow of fuel out of the line. If it dribbles or is intermittent, check the fuel cap for a blockage of the fuel vent or the strainer upstream of the valve for clogging. The strainer/screen is attached to the shut-off valve, and is positioned up inside the tank. You will have to drain the tank and pull the valve to clean the screen.
    If you have good fuel flow at that point, reconnect the line and open the bleeder screw at the top of the filter. Turn on the tank valve and wait till you have a steady flow of fuel with no bubbles at the top of the filter, then close the bleeder screw.
    Your pump may have a bleeder screw. If so, open that until fuel streams out with no bubbles, then close it. If you cannot identify the bleeder screw, loosen the inlet connection at the pump and purge air at that point.
    Go back and make sure ALL the fittings in the fuel delivery system are tight so they cannot suck air.
    Make sure the battery is fully charged. Loosen the fuel fittings at the injectors, either one at a time or all at once. Crank the engine till you see all fuel at the injector fittings and then tighten the fittings. If you do indvidual fittings, the engine will usually start before you get to the last fitting.
    Alternatively, you can "tow-start" it to save wear and tear on your starter. Leave the injector lines cracked open at the injectors at first to purge the lines. Then tighten them up and she should start.
    Your injection pump puts out a very small amount of fuel (high pressure/low volume). BE PATIENT. If the lines are totally empty, it takes a lot of cranking to fill them up.
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    Default Re: Ford 4000 starting problem can you help??

    If it's the 8 speed crash-box tranny then get your wife,girlfriend or buddy to just tow start it. It will save the battery,starter and you won't have gray/no hair. I once owned a 3000 with a non-working fuel gauge that my elderly employee would run out of fuel. After several futile attempts at bleeding I'd just tow start it and it would fire off in less than 5 FEET.

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    lots more rpms too!

    double check that fuel tap, filters and kill cable too
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    Default Re: Ford 4000 starting problem can you help??

    thanks all getting closer to the problem no fuel coming from tank tap with main line disconnected looks like blockage in tank, siphon it tomorrow and remove tap hopefully, then bleed as above fingers crossed

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