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Old 04-28-2011, 01:57 PM
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TO MANY PROBLEMS!!! NEED HELP FAST!!

OK I BOUGHT THIS IDI WITH THE HOPES OF IT BEING RELIABLE BUT ALL I'VE GOTTEN OUT OF IT WAS HEADACHES AND PROBLEMS...I LOVE THE TRUCK WHEN IT DECIDES TO RUN AND START ON ITS OWN...HERE'S A LIST OF MY RECENT PROBLEMS...

1. TRUCK WON'T START ON ITS OWN NEEDS BLOCK HEATER NO MATTER WHAT DEGREES OUTSIDE.

2. BATTERIES WON'T HOLD A CHARGE. JUST HAD THEM CHARGED AT WALMART 2 DAYS AGO AND TESTED FINE. BRAND NEW ALTERNATOR.GLOW PLUG RELAY. STARTER.

3. REAR SUSPENSION RIDES LIKE $HIT. HIT THE LITTLEST POTHOLE AND YOU FLY OUT OF YOUR SEAT...

IT'S JUST LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT REALLY JUST ERCK ME OFF BECAUSE THE SELLER SEEMED LIKE A STRAIGHT FORWARD GUY AND WAS REALLY NICE BOUT EVERYTHING....

GUYS PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!
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OK I BOUGHT THIS IDI WITH THE HOPES OF IT BEING RELIABLE BUT ALL I'VE GOTTEN OUT OF IT WAS HEADACHES AND PROBLEMS...I LOVE THE TRUCK WHEN IT DECIDES TO RUN AND START ON ITS OWN...HERE'S A LIST OF MY RECENT PROBLEMS...

1. TRUCK WON'T START ON ITS OWN NEEDS BLOCK HEATER NO MATTER WHAT DEGREES OUTSIDE.could be glow plugs. how long does the WTS light stay on?

2. BATTERIES WON'T HOLD A CHARGE. JUST HAD THEM CHARGED AT WALMART 2 DAYS AGO AND TESTED FINE. BRAND NEW ALTERNATOR.GLOW PLUG RELAY. STARTER.How old are the bats? what condition are all the bat cables in? Clean each groud for the batts.

3. REAR SUSPENSION RIDES LIKE $HIT. HIT THE LITTLEST POTHOLE AND YOU FLY OUT OF YOUR SEAT...Probly need new rear shocks. Don't mean to be a smart *** but that is the way these trucks ride. a real pounding, jolting ride.

IT'S JUST LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT REALLY JUST ERCK ME OFF BECAUSE THE SELLER SEEMED LIKE A STRAIGHT FORWARD GUY AND WAS REALLY NICE BOUT EVERYTHING....

GUYS PLEASE HELP ME OUT!!
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:50 PM
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Starting problems could be many things. Give us symptoms. White smoke while cranking? Cranking speed? How long is the WTS light on for before it goes off? My guess is a bad glow plug system with either bad timing, or air is getting in the fuel system.

As far as batteries are concerned, the above post asks good questions.

Its a 3/4-1 ton truck, the rear suspension will be rough. Put 1000 pounds in the bed and see how it rides. New shocks are a good idea.
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Its a 3/4-1 ton truck, the rear suspension will be rough. Put 1000 pounds ithe bed and see how it rides. New shocks are a good idea.
She will ride like a caddy.

We have a tractor that the battery in it got to drained and lost its electrolyte power. it would not take a charge for any amount of time. even adding new electrolyte did not help. the battery was too far gone.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:46 PM
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The batteries could be fine. You could have allot of internal corrosion in the battery cables causing them to act dead due to the internal resistance. Also clean all the ground cables where ever they attach. Don't trust that "they look good"!

I second the starting symptoms request! Whats it doing, and not doing exactly?

YMMV Sean
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Take the batterys out get them both tested to start off
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My bad what cranking amps they at
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