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Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

Posted by albert_135 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 27, 05 at 16:33

Weekly I use this old truck, '88 Chev, that has curious starting behavior.

First time I try to start it turns over about three times Whirrr, whirr, whir and nothing like a dead battery.

Then, about three hours later, if I try again it suddenly starts.

What can be causing an old truck to sound like it has a bad battery and then three hours later start without hesitation?


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

sounds like bad starter windings, or a bad solenoid


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

bill_h may be correct but should that be the case then a more curious question is poised. (I have no need nor no access to the truck except on Tuesdays. The truck is not used Wednesday thru Monday.) The damn thing won't start at 8 or 9 am on Tuesdays. Then about 2 or 3 hours later on Tuesdays it will start without hesitation and then will start without hesitation as many times as need be for the remainder of the day.


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

It might be condensing water vapor in the ignition parts overnight, and gradually drying out the following day, as the sun warms the hood. There could be dirt, dust, and carbon dust in the distributor cap. If the cap is also cracked, the high voltage from the ingnition coil could be leaking to ground, when the cap is damp.


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

What kind of fuel delivery system does your truck have: carburetor, throttle body injector, or multi-point fuel injectors?


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

The first thing to check out is the battery corrosion on the electrical connectors - all of these must be clean and tight.
I may have the same or similar problem, the car is now ten, but it is too cold right now to pull the battery,crawl under the car and do a complete check and cleaning..

Does the starter spin the engine over slow or fast ??


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

I re-read your post. Your starter acts like one whose electrical contacts are worn out. The soleniod may or may not be able to establish the power circuit. If, when you turn the key to the start position, all you hear is the soleniod going "clunk" and nothing else, then the power circuit has not been established. As another check, open the door and watch the dome light as you try to start. You should be able to discern if the power contacts make circuit by watching the degree of dimming of the dome light.

If, as I suspect, the power contacts are worn out, I fear this starter will leave you stranded soon. You'll get the truck started and go somewhere only to find it will not start again (until the starter is repaired or replaced). It makes more sense to run this truck into a garage while it still starts and replace the starter before it strands you (and it) somewhere.


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

Maybe it's just not a morning truck.


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

Think my x-wire said something like that, once.


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RE: Old Truck, starting problem, like battery and then

If you can not hear the starter solenoid clicking shut, examine the park-neutral switch.

Do you have a starter interlock on either the brake or clutch pedal? On some trucks, it is required to depress the brake pedal before the starter will energize.


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