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 Here we go again 
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Joined: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:21 am
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Location: oklahoma
Post Here we go again
Truck cranks and won't start. I'll try again a week later and it may start. When it starts, it runs like a Cadillac. It has pinz SSI. I've gone through the FASTEC list to try to figure this out, without any results. If it's fuel, air or spark, wouldn't it affect the truck while it's running? So what would prevent the truck from starting but not affect it while it's running? Any input is appreciated.


Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:42 am
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Location: Mt. Hope, Ont., Canada
Post Re: Here we go again
Intermittent go, no go is always electrical. Look for a bad contact that is dirty, corroded or loose. Check and clean every contact and for future reliability coat them after reassembly with dielectric grease or Fluid Film to keep moisture out. There will be no substitute for time and patience. Keep in mind some of these contacts haven't been apart in 40 years.

Good luck.

Cheers, Clive


Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:51 am
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Location: Southwest Wisconsin
Post Re: Here we go again
Check this thread about 2/3 of the way down the page: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=8523&start=135

Possibly a weak battery?

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Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:25 am
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Location: oklahoma
Post Re: Here we go again
Thanks. The batteries are the only thing I haven't checked because they're 1 year old red top optimas that I purchased at the same time. I will check individual voltages as well as voltage under load and will let you know what I find. Thank you very much.


Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:06 pm
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Location: oklahoma
Post Re: Here we go again
I didn't have a voltmeter, so I charged the batteries independently and tried to start the truck. I trickle charged the battery with the neg. terminal connected to the key switch first and no luck. I then charged the other battery and she started right up. I ordered a volt meter and will recheck both batteries. The batteries are less than a year old and purchased at the same time, do I need to replace the battery in question or check it monthly. Thanks again every one.


Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:49 pm
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Location: Idyllwild, CA
Post Re: Here we go again
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do I need to replace the battery in question or check it monthly.
Batteries, by definition are intended to store energy and then release it later; when this happens, the have less energy until properly recharged. You won't know if the battery is OK or needing replacement until you determine if it does the job expected of it or not.

Harbor Freight sometimes has a coupon for a free multimeter with any other purchase (a $7.99 value!!!), having a meter is invaluable for electrical problems.

Charge both batteries with the trickle charger for a week each, or until the charger says "full" (with a 6-10 amp charger, you can charge each battery for a day or less). Do the same next month. IF your truck starts well then the batteries are still good, but because you are tapping from the middle battery connection for the SSI you should charge the batteries every month or two because of the imbalance in the loads (both batteries power everything 24V in the truck, but the one battery powers the SSI, too). Independent charging evens the batteries out which makes them last much longer.

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Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:50 am
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Location: Idaho
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If I don't shut the master switch off when it sets for a week or more the 24 to 12 volt inverter will drain the battery's enough that it won't start. I just charge each battery for 10 minutes or so and it will start. I just shut the master switch off after i'm done driving, if it's going to sit for a while and have no further problems.


Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:37 pm
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