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Old August 19th, 2007, 08:22 PM
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I haven't been driving the truck for a while because I (thought I) had a starter motor electrical connection problem. Today, I charged up the battery, replaced a rusty bayonet fitting to the starter and took it out for a test drive!

I think the D-90 is mad for being neglected for so long. On the drive, I turned off the ignition, tried to restart and it wouldn't turn over. It got so bad that there is now no electricity getting to the truck, no lights, not even the clock will work. I can't even do a rolling start.

All the 30A/60A fuses in the block forward of the bulkhead are in tact. When I connect the positive lead to the battery, I get sparks so there's at least some juice in it.

Maybe it's Charles' notorious "bad ground", maybe it's something else. I'm hoping for the latter.

Any ideas on what to troubleshoot tonite?

Pretty important that I get it started tonite. I loaned out my other car and need this one to go on biz trip in the morning.

Thanks guys.
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Old August 19th, 2007, 10:33 PM
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Troubleshooting update:

I did what I've done before: removed and re-attached the cables at the starter. And that's it! Started up without even a hesitation.

Started it a couple of times afterward and no problem.

Why???
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Old August 19th, 2007, 11:04 PM
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Old August 20th, 2007, 07:06 AM
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it's a pretty new yellow top, just charged up
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Old August 20th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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Have you carefully inspected the wires themselves going to the starter? There's a chance one might be corroded or split inside the insulation . . .
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Old August 20th, 2007, 09:41 PM
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Have you carefully inspected the wires themselves going to the starter? There's a chance one might be corroded or split inside the insulation . . .
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Why would the disconnect/reconnect solution be a fix for that?
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Old August 20th, 2007, 10:44 PM
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I am with Chris. I had a battery(red top) go bad just the same way. It would start the truck once and five minutes later would not even run the radio. It was very weird and intermitent. I checked everthing with no luck. Bought a new battery and never had a problem again. Then again I am no expert.


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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:20 AM
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I'm with Tony - I think the cables start unraveling. That and bad/insufficient grounding. I have had the exact same experience of disconnecting and reconnecting the battery terminals and it running agin - but I think when you do that you are just moving the cable around.

I have some new ground cables to install but haven't gotten around to it (and knock on wood, my truck hasn't had any electrical issues since the engine replacement).

If you need help working on it let me know. This weekend is out.

charles
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