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Wont start need help!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Tuskadero, May 21, 2001.

  1. Tuskadero

    Tuskadero Registered Member

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    Hello everyone,

    When I woke up yesterday I went to star up my Blazer and nothing happened. She doesnt turn over at all. The first time I tried to turn it over there was a little clicking and than it stoped. I popped the hood and looked at all my connectins they looked good. I also tried to jump start it for the hell of it even though I new it probably wasnt that since I just put in a new battery a few months ago. Does anyone have ideas what they think it could be? Maybe the starter? Thanks, Heather
     
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    Do any of your interior lights come on? How old it the altenator? I would have the battery tested and if it shows low, your altenator might be bad. Or (if you can) you could go where you bought the battery and tell them to defect it and give you a new one and if it starts, watch your guage. See if it reads low while it's running. If it does, your altenator is bad.

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    First of all, a new battery doesn't mean a good battery. I've had batteries that refused to hold a charge within a week of buying it. I would get it tested.

    Otherwise, It sure sounds like you left your lights on or something. The clicking normally happens just before you fully run out of juice. And, just in case you didn't know this, a fully discharged battery can take a few minutes to boost. Try hooking up your booster cables and let them sit for a a few minutes before turning the key.................



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    Ya, that's how if you go and have them defect the battery that will most likely weed out the problem if you got a bad battery, but then after you install the new battery, make sure to watch the guage (the one for volts...don't remember the name of it right now) in your truck to see if it reads low while it's running, and if it does, then your alternator is prolly bad.

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    That gauge for volts is called a voltmeter.

    Make sure the connections to the battery, the block and the starter are tight. Then let the jump vehicle sit and charge you for 10 or 15 minutes, at least and leave it connected while you're trying to start it.

    Here's one way to check for a dead battery. Hook up a jump vehicle for a couple of minutes and turn on your headlights. then disconnect the jumper cables and watch the headlights. If they dim a lot, then the battery is bad. When it gets like this, it is even hard to jumpstart sometimes.

    To test the alternator just see if it keeps your volts above 13 while you drive.

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    Make sure your battery connections are clean and tight.

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    try all what was said and also see if the neg. battery cable is secured tight on the frame or on the alternator brace. where ever yours hooks to. If must have a good ground maybe the bolt came loose. goodluck

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    I had something weird like this happen too. I was leaving my friends house late one night, and tried to start the truck. I turn the key, and the thing just clicks once and nothing happens (lights on and all at this time). so I try it again, and it starts workin. I still dunno what the heck that was to this day.

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    your battery connections may look good, but check them to make sure they are tight. mine had done that twice this past wek. both times i try to move my battery cables and they were hard to move, but the neg moved alittle bit. and both times the truck started right up.

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    I just went through something similar with my '87. It had been showing low voltage on the gauge (8.5 to 10 volts) for the past several weeks and slow to turn over when I tried to start it. I assumed that since the battery was new and tested good, that it was a bad alternator. I pulled the alternator and had it tested. It was bad so I replaced it. The problem was still there. I then replaced the starter and the positive battery cable. Upon inspection I found that the connection of the battery cable at the starter showed signs of corrosion and wear. After replacement it starts fine and shows 14 volts as normal. You may want to look in that direction, Heather

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    A bad starter could cause this. The one in my S-10 had a loose post on the solenoid. (sp) It kept it from starting. Just clicks. Tried the jumpstart thing and everything else before replacing it.
    Just a thought,

    P.S. Make sure you have the auto parts store test the new starter before you leave the place. I have seen 3 bad ones in 2 years. Two were in the store, can you guess where the one was??

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