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Is the starter bad???
#86960 Sat May 28 2005 05:20 PM
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I'm wondering if I need a new/rebuilt starter. Mine cranks very slowly, and gets quite warm after a relatively short amount of cranking. (6V/foot pedal) No one here load tests starters, they just spin them. I don't think grounding is a problem, I have all new (2/O) cables, just wondering if these are the tell tale signs of a weak starter?


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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86961 Sat May 28 2005 05:39 PM
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Keith does it slow down even moere when everything is warmed up? I would say in all likely hood you need new bushings and brushes and a good clean up on the starter. Ronnie

Re: Is the starter bad???
#86962 Sat May 28 2005 05:50 PM
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New brushes, clean-up, etc. done on starter. I had the motor running this spring, pulled the motor and re-rung it, all new gaskets, etc. and now I'm trying to get it fired again, but I'm wondering if the motor is just tight enough now that the starter has reached it's, "I give up!" point. I haven't had it running so I don't know how it acts when everything is warmed up.


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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86963 Sat May 28 2005 06:26 PM
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Battery fully charged? Is this 12-volt battery?


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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86964 Sat May 28 2005 08:46 PM
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Pakrat47:
(6V/foot pedal)


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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86965 Sun May 29 2005 05:57 AM
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Chech the battery terminal voltage while cranking. If a fully-charged battery is dropping below 5 volts while cranking, there's too much drag on the crank, or you've got a shorted armature. Now, remove the starter, and check terminal voltage while doing a no-load run. If voltage is still low, you've got starter problems.
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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86966 Sun May 29 2005 03:34 PM
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Yesterday afternoon I had the battery load tested, and the battery checks out. Today I'll pull the starter and check for voltage drop. Thanks H.R. Lincoln.


Keith
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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86967 Mon May 30 2005 08:07 PM
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Removed the starter, to initially get the starter spinning, the voltage across the battery terminals drops to 5.5 volts, and then comes back up, that should be about normal correct?


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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86968 Mon May 30 2005 08:44 PM
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I'd say ur starter is shot based on what you've desctibed. I had one rebuilt about 3-4 years ago. Seems like it cost $100. At the time, I went to 12 volts and ended all that low voltage silliness. Good luk. smile


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Re: Is the starter bad???
#86969 Mon May 30 2005 09:38 PM
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Hey Buzz'n, I just checked the voltage in the truck while crankin' and it drops to 3.8 volts, but the motor can't be too awfully tight, because I can crank it by hand off of the dampner pully. I talked to the guy that owns the local Bumper to Bumper store, (the one I worked at just after H.S.), he can have a rebuilt starter to me by Wed. for $65.00. I think I'll go that route.

Seems to me that starter cranked pretty slowly even before I re-rung it. I tried hooking a 12v battery to the starter but believe it or not, that was even worse!


Keith
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