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it sounds like either the selenoid or the switch is bad.

AnswerIs the solonoid mounted to the starter? If it is mounted to the fender, near battery, I presume you have a Ford truck. Check for voltage at small gauge wire while cranking, this wire goes to ignition switch> If you have no juice, check switch on steering column, if you have juice, make sure all wires are clean and tight at sol. Apply voltage to small gauge wire conn. at sol,(wire disconnected), if the starter doesn't engage, you likely have a solonoid issue. AnswerTake it to the autoelectrician and get him to wire a relay onto the solenoid to give it a bit more juice. This is often a cheap fix. AnswerSounds similar to a problem I had with a '97 Neon. After going off the road and landing in about 12 inches of water starter began to give problems. It would go with a boost but once the ign was turned off it was dead. A friend showed me how to short the solenoid and after 10 or 12 times the problem fixed itself. With a STEEL (not chromed) screwdriver against the post of the solenoid and booster cables off the pos terminal of the battery have someone crank the engine. Only drawback is this requires 4 hands.

Again, it seems like you suddenly had this problem. everything above can be the problem. But "don't put the cart in front of the horse". It can just be fuse,or a fuseable link. There are about 3 fuses, and 1 fuseable link that can cause this. DO THE EASY THINGS FIRST. Also make sure your key itself is OK, and that the chip inside the key is good before going to the above answers.

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Q: Is your starter bad if you can start your truck at the solenoid but if you try to start it with key nothing happens?
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