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Old April 14th, 2016, 11:47 AM
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200tdi slow turning starter

Last night I jumped in the truck and noticed the truck is hard to start over. Eventually after a few attempts it will start up and run fine. It sounds like the actual starter is moving in slow motion. Normally, I'd try the replacing a bunch of things at once, but I'd like to be more methodical especially since the 200tdi starts seems like a pain to remove.

The symptoms occurred suddenly. The battery is measuring 12.6 volts. When the I start the truck the voltage dips down to 9-10 ish.

What's the best place to start? Battery, ground straps or new starter?
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Old April 14th, 2016, 12:27 PM
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What's the best place to start? Battery, ground straps or new starter?
That is basically it.... Check on connections and if that does not solve it, get the battery load tested (any auto parts store). Doubtful that it would be caused by the starter itself.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 12:56 PM
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12.6 volts means nothing. What is required is amperage. The 12.6 tells you there is enough voltage to open the fuel solenoid but that's it. Drive your truck to an auto part's store and take the battery in and have it load tested.
Most all of them will do it for free.

That said if your starter is the original valeo one its probably on its last legs after 23 years and may be your culprit. A bad ground scenario will kill/burn up a starter quickly. Most of the V8 trucks have/had a ground strap from the starter body to the chassis for this reason.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 12:57 PM
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What's the best place to start? Battery, ground straps or new starter?
ground ground ground. bad ground. hook up a jumper cable directly from battery negative to your block's ground strap, or the starter body itself.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 02:14 PM
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Sounds like a ground issue as Ed said or battery as John and UD suggest.

Your original starter is a 2.2KW.
I have 3.1 KW starters that will turn the engine much faster than a 2.2 KW starter.
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Old April 14th, 2016, 07:51 PM
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Well the problem is obvious. The nut on the back of the starter ground walked it self off of the stud. The fix doesnt look so easy. Since I'm not slender man it looks like the only way to access the starter is to drop part of the exhaust. Seems like if I'm going to be do all that work I should drop a new starter in just so I never have to revisit this issue again.
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