Join Date: Oct 2009
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Well the first obvious thing was a loose battery cable, so I made sure all were tight. Then to be sure, I had them tighten them too. The next time it happened, all seemed tight but it did respond to jump start...although it might have started anyway as I will explain later. Batterys checked out ok both times...they again said one still wasnt tight enough...I'm thinking...how could we tighten and retighten several times within a week and it not be tight enough? We also cleaned battery terminals and cables even though no visible sign of corrosion. The clamps are fairly new, the cables are only 1-2 yrs old. But I dont think that is the problem. The odd things that I see going on are:
When I turn my key on, the battery gauge only goes halfway up. At this same time you can hear a little motor running...I always thought this was the glow plugs...as it would stop when the wait to start light would go off. Now it takes longer. And when it does turn off my battery gauge jumps up and I have been able to start my truck. Not tonight. Same thing happening, the gauge goes up...but it still wont start. That little motor keeps running...shuts off for a second, clicks on and off a few times, but when it is off, it still wont start. I tried moving the gear shift around, also tried Neutral...nothing. It draws power, but no turnover.
This motor is in front of the blower for the a/c...cant give a better descrip right now as it is dark and pouring down rain. If I recall it is incased in black plastic. I showed this to my mechanics a few weeks ago...they said maybe my a/c had lost compression, and that it was trying to get it back? Well, that doesnt make sense to me...the way it is acting right now. And by the way, all the time this is happening the a/c, blower, everything is turned off.
And right now, as I am describing this, I am remembering that it acted similar to this (not starting/not turning over) when the cam shaft sensor went out. It went out the first time before the recall. We put several in it before the recall...it kept throwing codes for it...different symptoms every time. Could this one have gone bad? The code said KAM malfunction with a K, so I figured that was something totally different. Also, a few months ago, it threw a code for a speed control sensor...they couldnt get the part quick enough, so they cleared the code. It has never thrown it again. Computers... any ideas?
Last edited by horseracer; 10-29-2009 at 08:28 PM.
Reason: forgot something.