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need some help.. cummins starting problems

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    my 96 2500 cummins dodge ram is having a hard time starting. I thought the batteries were dead, so I took them back to wal-mart (they had 2.5 years on them), and the honored the 3 year free replacement. Still have the same problem. I go to turn it over, and the starter just makes a very quite CLICK noise one time. Try again and it just goes CLICK. then it'll usually turn over and fire right up. I dunno if the starter solenoid is going bad or what? any ideas?

    thanks,
    James
     
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    How do your cables look???
     
  3. 78Suburban

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    There was a bit of corrosion on the terminals and I cleaned it with baking soda and water. Maybe I didn't get it clean enough? Its odd how it'll not start 1 or 2 times, then decide to start. It would be nice if its just a corrosion issue I haven't addressed. Has anybody ever had a starterproblem like mine with a cummins, and it turn out to be something more aggrivating like a starter solenoid or the entire starter itself?
     
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    clean the cable ont the batteries wwith a wire brush too, then get where the neg hooks to the block and pos. to the solenoid.
     
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    definately clean all the connections involved with the battery and starter...then try it, if not, then check starter draw...
     
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    Hard starting solution.

    Had EXACTLY the same problem on my 95. Cummins said it was a bad starter - big $$$. Took it over to my mechanic who works on a lot of Cummins motors. He said the problem is a rotating pin assembly in the starter solenoid that will arc one or more contact points - sometimes it starts no problem and sometimes you hit the bad spots. He replaced it ($90 with the part) and I have not had a problem since - like 2 years.

    I would imagine if you can find the parts breakdown on the starter you can do it yourself and just get the part from Cummins.

    Hope this helps!
     
  7. 78Suburban

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    Thanks for the tip, I was kinda thinking it might be something like this, because I have a good battery connection. I'll try to find out about getting this part. You don't have the part number still laying around do you?

    thanks,
    James

     
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    It's the starter contacts. See Here. It's a common problem. http://fostertruck.com/dodge/default.htm

    Larry B's stuff has a good rep on TDR. When (not if) I have this problem in the future, that's what I will use.
     
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    Bingo, Fred hit the nail on the head. I help (mostly watched :laugh: ) Rob (therobzilla) do this on his 99 a couple weeks ago that was having what sounds like a similar problem to yours. It cured his problems.

    Harley
     

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