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Old 10-10-2008, 12:45 PM
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Alright I'll try to get two questions answered in the same thread.

1) Is is normal for start ups that the battery voltage is really low? After about 45 seconds or so it will jmp up to normal but everytime i cold start the truck the meter is always just above the 8 voltage.

2) It takes much longer to start my truck than it used to now and the wait to start light stays on longer. This is also usually just for cold starts too. It might be the weather change too?
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Old 10-10-2008, 02:40 PM
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Its normal for the volts to stay low for alittle while. It usally takes a little bit before alternator to kick in.

Harder starts come with the colder weather but if it's getting hard to start already you might want to look into glowplugs.
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Alright I'll try to get two questions answered in the same thread.

1) Is is normal for start ups that the battery voltage is really low? After about 45 seconds or so it will jmp up to normal but everytime i cold start the truck the meter is always just above the 8 voltage.

2) It takes much longer to start my truck than it used to now and the wait to start light stays on longer. This is also usually just for cold starts too. It might be the weather change too?

1) The volt meter drops or stays low because the GP relay is on and heating the GP's. When the needle jumps up they shut off. It has nothing to do with the alternator.

2) This isn't even winter or cold so if it is hard starting consider replacing the GP relay and/or checking/replacing the GP's. The relay's are known for going out or not giving proper voltage. The GP's last a long time but you could have a few that don't work.
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1) The volt meter drops or stays low because the GP relay is on and heating the GP's. When the needle jumps up they shut off. It has nothing to do with the alternator.

2) This isn't even winter or cold so if it is hard starting consider replacing the GP relay and/or checking/replacing the GP's. The relay's are known for going out or not giving proper voltage. The GP's last a long time but you could have a few that don't work.

i have a 96er myself, this happens to me even in August in the afternoon when i leave work. GP stay on a lllllooooonnnnnggggg time in the winter.
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I'm not sure if its my gp's now because when I tried to start up my truck last night it wouldn't even start. I tried jumping it and got a little power but not enough to start it. The check engine light comes on and theres a clicking noise that occurs when i turn the key. I'm having it towed to a shop today to see whats wrong
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I'm not sure if its my gp's now because when I tried to start up my truck last night it wouldn't even start. I tried jumping it and got a little power but not enough to start it. The check engine light comes on and theres a clicking noise that occurs when i turn the key. I'm having it towed to a shop today to see whats wrong
I am guessing since you are in Oregon temps are getting to 30 at night?

If your GP relay goes bad you can take a screwdriver or pliers and jump the two large terminals on the relay. This will operate the GP's and will at least get the truck started. You only want to jump the terminals for 2-3 minutes, do not walk away and leave them jumpered.
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1) The volt meter drops or stays low because the GP relay is on and heating the GP's. When the needle jumps up they shut off. It has nothing to do with the alternator.
I thought our alternators were PCM controlled and did NOT produce power to the vehicle until the GPs went off b/c anything above 12VDC to the GPs would burn them up.
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