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Old 07-26-2014, 07:55 AM   #1
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1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

I just bought a 1997 E350 7.3 diesel short school bus.
I installed two batteries and it won't start.
The head lights work
The hazard lights work but nothing else
Does this bus have some type of kill switch?
I turn the ignition and nothing happens at all. No dash light, No noises, and fuel pump
No beeps with the key in the ignition.
I have never hot wired anything but is that a way to test the ignition.
I remember some of my older fords had ignition switch problems years ago.

Does the panel above the drivers head have anything to do with the motor starting? (To the left of the driver while seated near the ceiling)

The ignition switch feels a little odd while turning it.

I am paying storage of $20 a day until I can get it moved any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't have a volt meter on me. The bus is 250 miles from my home but I will be close to the buses location today and tomorrow.

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Old 07-26-2014, 09:24 AM   #2
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

Lets see..
Headlites are hot (no key needed)
Same with the hazards.
There is no igniton (spark) being a diesel.
Nothing up top would have to do with running SO it does sound like the switch is where to start.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:55 AM   #3
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

My Eldorado has a kill switch next to the driver's seat between the seat and the body. It kills some power but I've never tried to figure out just what.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:17 AM   #4
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

I checked mine and the switch does kill power to the starter and dash lights with no chime with the door open and a key in the switch. Switch is on the floor.

I hope your fix is that easy.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:30 PM   #5
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

I replaced my solenoid on my diesel Excursion. Not an uncommon problem. It is under the hood bolted to the fender. Not sure about a van. To test yours, jump the two terminals with an old screwdriver or something similar. If it turns over, you have a bad solenoid. Replace it. Use OEM. It should look like this.



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Old 07-26-2014, 02:21 PM   #6
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

I think the problem is upstream of the solinoid. You have to have the key to start poistion to put juice to it-hes not getting anything just going to run position-nothing on the dash coming.
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Old 07-26-2014, 03:56 PM   #7
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

i would recheck the battery cables....perhaps a battery is wired in series and blew some fuse
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:17 AM   #8
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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

Thanks for all of the quick replies.
As I was typing everything yesterday it seemed like it was probably a issue with the ignition system.
Do you guys think I should start with the solenoid on the frame under the hood or the actual keyed Ignition.

If I use a screw driver to jump the ignition solenoid will that allow it to start?

Does anyone have a picture of the shut off switch on the floor? I looked around for something obvious but nothing stood out.

The storage yard could not meet me yesterday. I just want to have as much as possible figured out before I head back out to the bus

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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

Here's my kill switch:

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Re: 1997 E350 7.3 90K miles no start and no power

Can you hear any noise when you turn the key to the on position? Anything clicking? I can hear a relay to the back power (overhead) and the glow plug relay under the hood. Try your blinkers while in that position. If they come on, you have power in the on position. If thats the case, try starting it in neutral-or try moving the shifter around while the key is in start.
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