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Old 04-22-2019, 09:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Clicks like a dead battery

Hello everybody. New to forum and searched for an answer but came up with no luck. I have a 94 3500 6.5 with 150k miles that is new to me. When I first bought the truck it was difficult to crank. Sounded like a dead battery sometimes. Maybe 3 or 4 times and she’d start. So I figure let’s check batteries alt and starter. All good. Let’s check grounds. All good. Well crap. Glad they’re good but what is the problem?? Ah! Let’s upgrade the battery cables. So I went 2/0 cables and #4 for alt wire. Still clicks like a dead battery sometimes. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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Old 04-23-2019, 12:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Agreed on the solenoid. Next time it happens have someone hold the key in the start position while some whacks the starter with a hammer. I bet it cranks right up.
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I don't think you need to whack the starter. LOL!!!

Just tap it with the handle of a breaker bar.
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Thanks folks. Was thinking it was the starter from the beginning but it checked out good. Guess the starter could pass but solenoid on it could still be bad. Guess this is gonna push back one of the upgrades I want to do.
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I don't think you need to whack the starter. LOL!!!

Just tap it with the handle of a breaker bar.
Whacking it just feels good and relieves stress.
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Thanks folks. Was thinking it was the starter from the beginning but it checked out good. Guess the starter could pass but solenoid on it could still be bad. Guess this is gonna push back one of the upgrades I want to do.
There is a speed that a starter needs to be at.
It can still retract but is it fast enough and is it still reliable.
A weak starter is slower and become intermittent.
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Called everywhere local today. No starter but there is place that rebuilds starters alternators etc. not sure what it'll cost but for a 94 with a dang F in the vin number parts seem to be higher than other years. No idea why.

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Called everywhere local today. No starter but there is place that rebuilds starters alternators etc. not sure what it'll cost but for a 94 with a dang F in the vin number parts seem to be higher than other years. No idea why.
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Appreciate that OK. Local guy gonna gonna have one Friday. $5 more than rock auto for a new one but don't have to wait a week. While I was under there, it looks like somebody took a sledge and whooped the you know what outta that downpipe.

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