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Must Jump to Start But Batteries Are Full?
Yesterday I bought an e350 with the 7.3. It is stock except a side exit straight through exhaust, and a sketchy lift (relevant to some issues I'm having?).
It ran flawless when I purchased it, and all day through constant starts and stops, with one exception earlier in the day when I put it into drive to go and it cut out right as I started moving, but started right up again with no issues. When I got home after a short road trip and let it sit for an hour, it wouldn't start. I experienced the typical dead battery click while my friend was trying to start it, so I switched seats with him to try it, and it spun over, but not fast enough to start. This makes me think it's not the infamous CPS as well. Battery gauge is close to max when running or ignition on, and shoots down to nothing/8v when starting.
I was able to jump it with a much smaller battery and it started up after a try or two, and drove around fine. I turned it off and had the same issue. After a harder time trying to jump it (corrosion on the other vehicle's battery) it started up fine again and I was able to drive it home and park it.
I threw the charger on it this morning, and as I was walking past it ~20 mins later I noticed the "smart" charger was reading full. Is this because it was reading both batteries (24v starting system), or is there a different issue? I noticed my terminals have some corrosion as well, and I'm hoping that's the issue and not the alternator or glowplugs(?) because supposedly the batteries are relatively new. I'll be checking grounds and cleaning the corrosion off this afternoon, but I was hoping someone had some pointers as I'm new to this whole thing (diesels, big trucks, american cars, etc).
Another issue is that I have my ABS and brake lights are on. The guy I purchased it from said that was due to the "lift" he installed consisting of spring spacers that raise it about an inch and a half or so, and that the light will go off when I remove the spacers, but the wheels will rub more than they already do.
Aside from these issues I think I'm hooked!
Thanks in advance,