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Old 12-03-2009, 10:27 AM
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Starting Problems

As usual when winter hits i find to have charging or starting problems. The past couple years my truck struggled to start in the cold. This fall i recently changed out my glowplugs and put in a stancor relay which has solved my cold start issues. Starts on the first try every single time. For this i am thankful.

Problem is now since i have changed out the stock relay for a Stancor relay it doesn't seem my batteries are charging up. Not sure the the new relay takes that much more juice out of the batteries but every morning when i turn the key to start the truck the battery gauge is about half of what im used to seeing. The starter sounds like it is not getting enough power have a slow and chugging kind of start. The truck does not have the high powered turn over like it did before. I checked the batteries at 2 different stores and was told they were good. Then had the alternator checked which i replaced a month ago checked and was told it was good. Could it possibly be the starter giving me this slow start trouble? Maybe the wiring from the alternator and batteries? I am running out of ideas and want to get this figured out before the truck doesn't start when im not at home.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:55 AM
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does the voltmeter go back up after a minute or so or is it like that no matter how long the key is in the on position ... because the glow plugs draw a lot at first ... i doubt this is your entire prob but could be a part of it ... and check for corroded wires and such
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:20 AM
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stays low no matter how long the key is turned for the glow plugs. Ive checked in the engine area for corroded wires and lose connections but couldn't find anything. Even after driving the truck for 45 min and shut the truck down. and then start her up right away the battery level still does not raise up. still seems half of what it should be. I figured the alternator would have charged them but nothing seems to happen. When i got the batteries checked the read over 12 volts and 966CCA or so for both batteries that read 850CCA
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:31 AM
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voltmeter and/or starter bad maybe ... id check the batteries with a voltmeter at the same time as you turn the key on and see that it is low on the voltmeter in the truck ... just to see if they match
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:33 AM
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what do u mean if they match? saying the volts are the same going through the batteries at start up? Possibly the starter taking too much power from the batteries?
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:42 PM
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well to see if its just the voltmeter in the truck that is bad ... is there anything bad about the starter like is the truck taking longer to turn over?
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I had the same problem but after I got the engine started n warmed up it would start good the rest of the day. It ended up being the ground on the starter itself. I spent a lot of money chasing that turd.
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Old 12-06-2009, 11:45 AM
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starter was bad. thanks for the help
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