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07-01-2009, 10:50 PM #1
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I have a 1997 chevy 1500 4wd, 305 v8, 190,000 miles,
3 days ago, the starter would tick, tick tick, but not turn over. I hooked my portable jump box and it would start. Napa tested the battery and alternator.....OK. 14 volts from battery, not running.
The fused link wire was corroded pretty bad.
I put a new starter and a new OEM battery cable with fused link to alternator, cleaned the battery terminal, new fuel filter. I am still having the same problem. It will start if I hook the booster box, and the battery reads 14 volts when not running. Any help is greatly appreciated.
07-02-2009, 07:43 AM #2
Turn on your headlights for 30 seconds to remove the surface charge and see what your battery voltage reads. A fully charged battery should read 12.6 volts.
Next watch your volt meter while cranking. The voltage should not drop more than 3 volts. If it does then you have high resistance in the starter or battery cables. Try clamping one jumper from the starter body to neg batt terminal as a test.Jim
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07-02-2009, 04:52 PM #3
Maybe starter relay is goin bad. I was gonna say might be a bad starter connection but you said u replaced it. Good luckMike - OREGON
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07-07-2009, 05:29 PM #4
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Well..............the only reason I replaced the starter is because the guy at Napa tested the battery and alternator and told me they were good. I stopped at a battery & regulater shop and they tested and said the battery was 1/2 discharged. Went back to Walmart where I bought the battery in Dec. of '08, waited an hour for them to charge, wouldn't charge. I finally got a new battery, who knows if this one will go bad in 6 months. I learned two things from this ordeal, first, not to buy auto parts from Walmart, 2, don't put full trust in guy at autoparts store. In this case Napa. I have never replaced the starter on my Chevy which has 195,000 miles. At least I won't have to worry about that any time soon, oh wait, I bought the sarter at Napa..............
Thanks for the replies.
07-07-2009, 05:34 PM #5
battery from walmart? lets start there.
if you have 14v on your battery sitting, it is overcharged, and you probably can see the cells are bulging on a side somewhere
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07-07-2009, 08:30 PM #6
I usually have good luck with our local NAPA. Jimmie has the right idea, I would follow his advice if you have more problems.When you hear hoofbeats, look for horses not zebras.
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