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Old 12-22-2010, 11:16 AM
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low voltage starts

so my problem is the batteries died on me so i replaced them with interstat batteries. thats when the low voltage starts started i then replaced the alternator cause it wasnt getting worm or pushing any where near the right amp. so what could else be causing the low voltage starts or could it be the batteries not having anuff reserve capacity to start it or what else could be causing this it only does it during start up other thn that no issues 2002 7.3l
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Old 12-22-2010, 11:50 AM
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Whats the temp in your area? The colder it gets the more the batteries are depleated. Cables in good condition (no green or white crap working it's way down the cables). Try plugging the truck in and see if that helps. Check the voltage drop to the starter.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:13 PM
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its not cold at all it been raining for last couple of days its 72 during the day and drops to about 50 at night cables are in good condition no corrosion that i can see ill try pluggin here in and see im also gonna take it down and see if its the batteries that are causing the problem now
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warm is not a measure of whether or not an alternator is working. visual inspection of cables means almost nothing, its what is going on under the insulation that matters. voltage drop test betwwen each connection on both the positive and negative sides is the only way to KNOW not GUESS
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I had a similar issue so I checked my ground while cranking and the resistance was sky high. Added some additional ground cables and cranking was fast again.

Also the starter could be going bad and getting inefficient. As far as the starter and alternator go, they can be tested.
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thx for all the help
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