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Ford F150 Won’t Turn Over Just a Click – [5 Easy DIY Fixes]

Do you want to find out why your Ford F150 won’t turn over just a click? Well, I have got you covered. I will help you easily troubleshoot and fix this problem on your own.

In this article, I have discussed the troubleshooting methods for Ford F150 won’t start just clicks once.

Obviously, this is a different situation than the truck won’t start and you hear a clicking noise, but the troubleshooting methods remain about the same.

But, you need to take a different approach if the anti-theft light keeps blinking, which I discussed in another guide.

When you get one click, and your truck won’t turn over, it’s a sign of a bad battery. But there could be other problems, like a bad fuse, bad starter relay, bad solenoid, and bad starter motor.

Please Note: This troubleshooting guide applies to all the Ford F150 trucks regardless of the model and year.

The common years include: Ford F150 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.


5 Reasons Why Ford F150 Won’t Turn Over Just a Click

Here are the possible reasons and the troubleshooting steps for your Ford F150 won’t turn over just clicks once.

ProblemSolution
Bad batteryReplace the battery
Bad fusesReplace the bad fuses
Bad starter relayReplace the starter relay
Faulty starter solenoidReplace the starter solenoid
Faulty starterReplace the starter

1. Bad Battery

A bad battery can cause this frustrating situation and leave you stranded on the road! Sometimes you will notice rapid clicks instead of just one, and both situations signify a bad battery.

So you need to make sure the battery is in good condition. First, inspect the positive cable, and ensure it is not corroded. If it is, you need to replace the cable. Alternatively, you can strip the corroded part as well.

Then, measure the voltage with a multimeter. A good battery should read consistent 12V on the meter.

Also, you can try to jump-start your truck with another battery, and if it starts over, you need to get a new battery for your Ford F150.

2. Bad Fuses

Fuses play important roles while starting your vehicle and need to be in good condition.

Open the central junction box inside the cabin, and ensure there are no damaged or blown fuses. The same goes for the fuse box under the hood.

Test all of them. If you find any bad one, first swap it with an identical one. And, if it solves the problem, you just need to change that bad fuse only, and everything will return to normal.

3. Bad Starter Relay

Open the battery junction box under the hood, and unplug the starter relay. Then inspect it visually. If you see any corrosion, go ahead and swap it with another identical relay from the junction box.

If swapping the relay solves the problem, you can be sure that the starter relay is bad. So replace the starter relay, and your problem will be solved.

4. Bad Starter Solenoid

When your Ford F150 doesn’t start over, and there is only a click, this click might be coming from the fender-mounted starter solenoid relay. And, when a relay clicks, that doesn’t always mean it’s functioning correctly.

So replace the solenoid. Hopefully, it will fix this no-start-one-click issue. And, if you haven’t replaced the solenoid for a long time, it’s the right time to do so.

If the solenoid is attached to the starter, you may need to change the whole module.

5. Bad Starter

When Ford F150 won’t start just a click, it could be the bad starter motor. If you have fixed the other issues of your truck, yet it won’t start, you need to check and test the starter motor.

If you find the battery power and the signal to the starter motor is fine, but it’s not being engaged, that signifies a failing motor.

And, to get your problem fixed, you need to replace it with a new one.

Final Words

Now you know how to troubleshoot when your Ford F150 won’t turn over just a click. I hope my guide helped you and you’ve got your problem solved. Otherwise, go ahead and visit your dealership or contact a professional mechanic.


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Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief at F150Lab

Kevin Shaw has a vast knowledge of pickup trucks, especially the Ford F150. He has been doing various DIY fixes, upgrades, and modifications to pickup trucks for more than five years now.

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