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Battery/Starting Problem

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by letsrollusaf, Dec 3, 2005.

  1. letsrollusaf

    letsrollusaf Registered Member

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    Well a funny thing happened today. Last night after work I tried starting my truck and nothing happened, there was a ignition horn and lights as usual but this time no engine start. The engine wasn't even trying to start, just nothing. Actually the first time i tried it clicked a couple of times but that was it. I thought that maybe since the battery might be old that the cold weather cashed it so I needed to get it jumped. Got someone to jump me and still the same thing, nothing. Funny thing was is I could turn on my lights and the dome light, but the second i tried to turn the engine over everything died and then i couldn't turn them back on. Well I thought the battery might be screwed or a cell was dead or soemthing, got it checked and the people said it was 100% charged and good before I even brought it to them. So then you can only imagine the thoughts running through my head then. Starter Solenoids? Well I bring the same battery back to my truck and I thought before I started ripping things apart I'd try to start it one more time, well like a magic trick it did. I have no idea what happened or why it worked now, but I have a funny feeling that after another night of cold its going to do it again. Any ideas fellas?
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Corrosion or bad contact at the battery cables would be my guess if removing it "solved" the problem.
     
  3. letsrollusaf

    letsrollusaf Registered Member

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    well that was what my friend told me, but I mean it basically happened in 8 hours because before that it was starting fine. Also with the engine I may have noticed something whining louder than usual, maybe the alternator. It was definetaly something at the front of the block, maybe I'm imagining things now that this has happened.
     
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    Yup! I would put on all new batt. cables (ground too!) and I bet U will not have a problem any more.
     
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    You can easily check out the alternator output at idle to make sure its up to par, but I wouldn't blame that for your issue if thats where you are headed...the battery would be discharged if the alt was the cause.
     
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    letsrollusaf Registered Member

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    Sweet, thanks guys.
     

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