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Old 03-11-2003, 12:33 PM
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The ole 57 pick up (Chevie) refused to start. Charged the battery no joy.(Started with booster.)
Replaced the push button = no joy,(started with the booster), replaced the solenoid= no joy!!! (Started with the booster).The only time the truck will start is, if i use the booster feature of my charger. It starts right up.Everything lights up , and i have strong lights.Clean contacts good connections.
Please give me some idea where to go next. Thanks
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Old 03-11-2003, 01:41 PM
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Have you tested the battery yet?
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Where do you hook your charger clips? If you hook dirctly to the starter, I would blame something from the battery to the starter (corroded battery connecter, bad joint between cable and cable end, etc.). If you hook to the battery cables at the battery, it has to be corroded battery posts or a dead battery. Both can be tricky to find. Corrosion doesn't need to be a pile of white powder, just a thin layer of lead oxide on the post can do it. Nedd to check the battery under load. A battery can read 13.5 V at rest but an internal short or depleted plates might not show up until it is under a drain.
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I installed a new battery. Guess what, it didn`t have enough charge in it to start the truck. I put it on slow charge 2 amp for a couple hours= presto= truck starts every time. Silly me. Thinking the battery didn`t need recharged because it was new. So long story short i just had to charge up the new battery. Everything was clean with good connections.
I thank you all for your time. I need to learn patience and how to use that digital readout electrical tester.
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Hey Slider, when you get to using that DMM (digital multi-meter), I have a little trick that you can use to find bad connections. Take the meter and set it on 2 volts DC, then touch one lead to the post on say the positive. Then take the other lead and touch it to the cable clamp of the same terminal (basically jump the connection with it still hooked up). Next try and turn the motor over, if you get a voltage reading it has resistance at that connection. If the reading is more than .5 volts, that's either the problem or needs attention/cleaned. You can do this on down the line right up to the starter post on the solenoid. This works on any electrical connection hot or ground. Like Willy's said, it doesn't have to be fuzzy and crawling around to be a bad connection.
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[quote]Originally posted by BstMech:
<strong>it doesn't have to be fuzzy and crawling around to be a bad connection. </strong><hr></blockquote>

That is why I always recommend people get a multimeter rather than trying to do auto electric work with a circuit tester light.
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Not bragging, but after years of having to make do , i receintly got a bunch of tools i allways wanted. Now i have to learn how to use them.
I want to build better engines, and not have to rely on the shop to tell me what i need or don`t need. So i have rod balance fixture, Gram scale, bore dial gauge, micrometers, dial indicators, cam bearing installing tools, etc. I now must learn how to use them properly. It will be fun and different that engine building with just plasti gauge. Thank you for the idea on tracking down elec problems. You guys are great.
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But wait that's not all!

You can check the acidity of your coolant with a DMM too. Take and put one lead in the coolant and the other to the radiator or ground if plastic tank. With the meter set at 2 volts DC if you get a reading of 0.2 volts or more, the coolant should be changed. This is a pretty quick test, but I have not compared it to a litmus strip just yet. We used Liqiud Perry or DCA-4 to stabilize the coolant in the trucks I worked on. But it's surely cheaper to just change the coolant in such a small system as opposed to a big rig.
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Cool!!!
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