Thanks for your input. On the trucks 3rd visit to the dealer I mentioned this to them since I tried to troubleshoot the problem myself by seeing if the truck would start in neutral (it is an automatic) - the 2 times I tried, it didn't start in neutral...or park for that matter.
The dealer assured me that they are "looking at everything, but the PCM is not recording any problems" and nothing can be fixed or repaired until the computer records the problem. Apparently the is the ability to put all kinds of technology into new vehicles, but no way to troubleshoot a problem....this was confirmed by my dealer.
I was in Massachusetts over the holidays and spoke with a mechanic at the Ford dealer that my father deals with there....he said that he thinks that it is a sensor in either the ignition, shifter, or on the tranny itself. He also added that it sounds like the shop guys working on my vehicle are only "parts replacers" not real mechanics...but I imagine that is open to debate.
I picked the truck up from its third visit to the dealer on New Years Eve...the truck was dead the morning of New Years Day...needless to say, I was ready to spit nails. I went out about an hour later and the truck started up just fine.
Any other thoughts out there? I am really at a loss and considering pursuing the lemon law in my state....
Thanks again for your help.
Originally Posted by IrvJr
Just a thought - perhaps it might be a problem with the ignition cut off switch? Most cars have a switch that prevents you from starting the car if the transmission is not in PARK or NEUTRAL (for auto transmission cars) or if the clutch has not been depressed all of the way (for manual transmission cars). If this switch were bad or if the transmission were not in PARK or NEUTRAL you might have this problem. The lights and other devices work, but you can't get the starter motor to work.
During the times when the car did not start, did you double check whether or not the shifter was all of the way engaged into park or neutral? Did you have to jiggle the shifter before it would start properly?
Perhaps you can ask the dealer to check the ignition cut off switch (or whatever the gizmo is formally called) and see if it might be causing problems.
Don't lose faith in your Ford. Hopefully you can track down this problem eventually and put your mind at ease.