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Dallas... unless you give us some ACCURATE voltmeter readings...

July 12 2008 at 10:02 AM

Tony Natoli, SoCal 


Response to starting problem

We can only offer up some GUESSES.

We probably can get it started... but not necessarily FIX the problem.

Try doing these things first, one at a time, in order:

1.  Remove, clean and reinstall the ground strap, try and start it.

2.  Feel for the RED wire on the starter solenoid, it has a FEMALE terminal clip.  Remove, pull up, gently crimp, and then reinstall.  Try and start it.

3.  Use a set of jumpers and a fresh battery, try and start it.

If all three fail...

1.  Measure voltage at battery.  Should have 12.50 volts or better.

2.  With voltmeter still connected, have a helper read or place face down on windshield, and engage starter.  Even if starter does not spin, does the voltage dip to 10.50 volts, but no lower?  If the battery dips to 8 volts let's say, then the battery is probably shot, with a bad cell and cannot take a "load".  Your local pats store usually will load test the battery and let you know for sure.  Batteries like this will not hold a charge either.

If you get the car started...

1.  Measure voltage at battery.  Should read about 13.50 volts or better indicating alternator is charging.

Call me between 9 and 9 if you need further help... but you'll need to have a voltmeter handy as its the only way I can "see" anything over the phone...  661-296-7277.

 



My best,



Tony
Black Tooth and me... since 1983!


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