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In this video you get to come along as I diagnose a no start no crank issue on this guys 1998 Ford E-150 van that was traveling through town from Texas. You will also learn why I have a hatred for crappy aftermarket add on garbage.
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50 thoughts on “Ford e-150 van – no start , no crank”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Raymond Cascella says:

    Great work as usual. I thought I was the only one that would fix things like striping out loose wires and fixing loose battery boxs. It's called pride in one's work, seems to be something that's lost with most people today.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars randy beard says:

    Texas is known for the word -BIG– sometimes when its citizens mess up, they do it in a Big way, this wiring job. looked like a Rat Nest…

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Abandoned Country says:

    This video is why I won't put in an aftermarket starter in any of my rides. I do have an aftermarket stereo, from previous owner. I cleaned up the wiring so I could make the best of the situation.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Aguayo says:

    How are you I like to ask a question I have a 1992 ford econoline e150 5.8 and I can't find the crankshaft position sensor does it even have one

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Simmons says:

    Yes , no rust but hot as f-ck

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars George Del Toro says:

    A great fix

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Bowe says:

    MADE IN CHINA PARTS ?????????????????

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    Banshees are not hot, they make really bad noises that scare the poop out of stormy nights and have long dripping fangs and a mysterious ghostly appearance. Not hot but so cold and murderous. I'm Scotch where they hide out.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stealth Mode says:

    Not all aftermarket 12 volt installers are equal. Not all mechanics do a great job as well.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nightrider RV says:

    Eric what is the dewalt number on that flash light

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Misfit Medic says:

    thats a nice tool, looks like a stripper, cutter, crimper!

    i am having sorta the same issues with my van now, but I'm not sure what happened because i did not do any work on the van it just stopped working, ill start at the fuse box thanks for the Vid very informative !!

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Headbanger Ministries says:

    My 1995 Econoline e250 freak me out today when I turned the ignition and the engine did not start nor did it click but as soon as I try to turn it on the second time it started right up. I hope I don't have to go through that rat wiring mess and hopefully it's something just minor like the relay. Very very informative video so that in case I have to talk to a mechanic he won't try to rip me off in this way I know a hell of a lot more than what I knew earlier today. Thanks a bunch for this video.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Woznicki says:

    We need allot more honest mechanic's like you.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rudy Mondragon says:

    YOU Fixed IT!!!!

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis Simonetti says:

    30 seconds of commercials at the beginning, not needed.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike O'Dell says:

    Great channel

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars padroooo says:

    That Texas van wasn't used to those rough NY roads with potholes. LOL

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars W Greathouse says:

    I've put them in before and the first thing that I did was to find somewhere to mount the components to then start the wiring with soldiering the connections and heat shrink the splices.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Louis Frino says:

    I bought a 96 Jeep Cherokee had all kinds of electrical issues removed the entire dash found 3 aftermarket remote start / alarm systems
    Installed removed about two miles of useless crap wiring.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Valdez says:

    What a joy to see your old vids have a lot of views, you totally deserve 10 million subs, best YT mechanic channel ever.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Josh says:

    Yeah Baby!!! Cut that $hi, I mean stuff outta there!!! That felt good just watching, with the added chuck across the shop. Love your channel. Entertaining and informative.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hiko Ritz says:

    Like weld helmet

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cody Perry says:

    i cant believe ive been using those butt connectors for like 10 years and never knew you were supposed to heat shrink them lol

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Hogan says:

    Wait for someone to bring one of those breathalyzer start units, and Eric cut it out for them.. 😂, how many mechanics have been brought vehicles with breath tester ignition units., and had to blow in them to start them??

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Simon Jones says:

    billy bobs best mate wired that in for 10 bucks and a six pack

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Simon Jones says:

    I have a test plug for the obd port that shows me if pin 9 is live this pin should not be live but if you rewire a vw radio you can back feed pin 9 inthe obd port

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bub61 says:

    Eric – do any of your customers get pissed when you tell them you had to get rid of there aftermarket stuff- Tom in Cali.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars claymore cluepile says:

    you just have too damn much fun at your job….wish i had a job that was more like yours

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Victor Bellan says:

    Was impressed with your heat shrink torch ! Nice job & professional !

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sheltowee says:

    After market crap, the reason I refuse to work on any kind of Jeep, Jeep owners are the worst for aftermarket shit.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ADE2366 says:

    Like your style Eric, if in doubt, rip it out 👍🏼, good job my man 😊

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars robert w says:

    What a nightmare…. Dare I say almost zero mechanics would have actually fixed it, other than just get it barely running again….

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Puig says:

    Wow, the patience of a saint.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ricky Gransee says:

    I have had many jobs all related to Electronics and most related to Electrical…I have installed aftermarket gizmo's on everything from Cessna's to Motorcycles, and even a few cars…but I have always followed proper engineering standards…like soldering joints, adding circuits to the fuse box and adding relays where needed i stead of those damn piggyback fuses or window splicing to the accessories/ign wire…because you can bet if the mfg can save $$ with cheap wire they will…now double the load and turn that wire into a toaster element because some chinese kit says you can…yup sounds like a great idea!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Bailey says:

    You really need to wear a welding helmet be say . Unless you don’t like to look at Mrs O . Your eyes .

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Francisco Rodriguez says:

    10 minutes in, he knows what it is.
    Video is 45 minutes long lol

    "Oh no…"

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kenneth litton says:

    hold key on start and shift it at the same time. Mrs. O is appearing to be a perfect wife cause she can walk and chew gum at THE same time. A good woman that can fall in love with a man that works on cars for a living, SHE'S perfect

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jon Miner says:

    Hi, Mr. O. But really… What is your honest opinion about after-market "accessories"? Thanks for sharing! Stay Healthy!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Russell McElreath says:

    Without doubt the best content and presentation in this arena. Look forward to new SMA vids frequently. Honestly, VGG, KSR, and SMA basically sum up my needy passion for car stuff. Thanks Eric. Wanna wire my body off resto, very clean…cheers 🥃🥃❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars C Quay says:

    Ive been broken down far from home and had what can only be called divine help from some mechanic or diyer. Im sure this texan felt the same way. Way to go Mr O

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Scott says:

    Good lesson aftermarket stuff. Unless it exact fit and wiring matches

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S MRtnz says:

    Done- see, said the 1% at SMA.
    Thank you for “doing it” and no 99% can not do it correctly with that attention to correct detail.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Griff the Drummer says:

    Great job, Eric !! I wish I could find a conscientious mechanic like you in my area. No shortcuts and fixing it right — wow !! What a concept !! Wish there were a lot more like you out there !! I may take a ride and visit your shop to work on my vehicle some day !!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Clifford Hill says:

    Please wear your face shield when welding

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars j Hughes says:

    Can you send me a link to the tool you use to shrink the butt connectors ?

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Seumalo says:

    Man this video just saved my a** !!! I got my kids to school a little late but I would have never thought to start the car the way you did @ 45sec in the video. I'm so thankful