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any mechanics out there?

Post by flagrantlyfoul » Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:59 pm

...truck wouldn't start this AM. i took battery to have it checked. battery is good, but needed a charge. i took starter. it failed its test so i purchased a new one and installed it. when i re-connected battery, the lights started flashing, the seat belt alarm/key in ignition warning buzzer sounded, dash lights flashed on and off, but the truck wouldn't so much as make a sound when i turned the ignition key. what gives? the radio and lights work and i tried jump starting to no avail. any ideas? educated guesses accepted.
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Re: any mechanics out there?

Post by John Q. Public » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:18 pm

Sounds like a bad starter relay from here, assuming your new starter came with a new solenoid. That's the device on the side of the starter with the gear on it. It has to engage for the starter motor to run. It'll click if it's getting power. The relay should be about an inch square box-looking thing on the fuse block near the battery. Hopefully, there's a diagram on the cover of the fuse box. They pull out and they're usually fairly cheap.

Or it could be your ignition switch. They're more expensive and they're a pain to replace - as in pulling the steering wheel and fighting with all of the other stuff on your steering column. Best to pay somebody to do that one.
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Re: any mechanics out there?

Post by Wiley » Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:40 pm

If you disconnect the battery it's possible that your alarm needs to be reset.
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Post by Buc Pride » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:37 am

Awww, come on guys, it's so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads, and I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State
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Post by oceanvue » Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:38 am

Wiley wrote:If you disconnect the battery it's possible that your alarm needs to be reset.
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Post by John Q. Public » Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:58 am

oceanvue wrote: +1
Cool! Let's go steal his truck before he gets around to that. Whatever good a broken truck's going to do us. Anybody got a tow bar?
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Post by SoMelo » Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:00 am

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Post by Fordama » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:56 am

Buc Pride wrote:Awww, come on guys, it's so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads, and I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State
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Re: any mechanics out there?

Post by oceanvue » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:59 am

my carma just ran over your dogma
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Post by flagrantlyfoul » Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:08 pm

Wiley wrote:If you disconnect the battery it's possible that your alarm needs to be reset.
...damned if it wasn't the alarm! reset and all systems go! thanks to all who responded.
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Post by oceanvue » Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:22 pm

that thar would be me and Wiley
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