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Old 01-19-2018, 06:01 PM   #11
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Don't let the neighbors see you naked, you'll get arrested !!!
Haha, I chuckled when I read that.
Well, done indeed.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:30 PM   #12
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neighbors might like it !
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Old 01-21-2018, 04:54 PM   #13
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awrignt, the snow melted and I went out with my cheap freebie harbor freight multi-meter and did a volt test on the battery. I got a reading of 4....and I thought "surely it's the cheap multimeter." I bought the battery new at walmart in July and have only driven the truck less then 300 miles since then. I noticed a telltale little pool of water in front of the left bank of cells. Checked both sides and they were way low on water. Did not have any distilled water, but I have pretty good "low mineral" well water here. All 6 cells were equally low...and they took over a pint of water between them. I have the battery on a 2 amp charge until morning when I will try to start it. What would account for the water missing from the battery....and why would there be a telltale trace of it on top of the battery (which I noticed the other day but thought "surely not) - the cell caps looked sealed tight.) If the truck starts, should I ask Walmart to replace the battery? It is still in warranty.
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After charging, and after verifying the alternator is putting out proper voltage, if the battery drops back down to a low voltage, I would take it back to Walmart and have them check it, or request a replacement.
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:00 PM   #15
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Hey Cusser, I saw the neighbors out there looking at me with binoculars.....and they still didn't call the cops. I think they just need more powerful binoculars....ha ha! Anyway, I took the battery back to Autozone and it tested at 12.6 volts, so I came home and jacked her up and I'm missing the fender protector on the inside and I'll be danged if the starter didn't look downright accessible. I removed it and it is rusted on the body real bad. Both stud screws were rusted real bad. The top one is longer than the bottom one and it wasn't screwed in all the way by a long shot. The connector stud and nut on the solenoid looked brand new. This starter looks bad enough that I've decided to just order a new one. I think before the new one comes, I'll clean any rust I find at any of the contact points and put the old one back in just for grins. I'll let ya'll know how it works out. - Reggie
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Old 01-22-2018, 07:50 PM   #16
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The starter had two SAE bolts holding it in. The top one was too long by about 1/4 inch. It was like that when I removed the starter. When I cleaned all the connections and tried to reinstall the old starter, the top bolt bottomed out and there was a quarter inch gap at the top where the starter inserted into the flywheel. I don't recall ever getting the starter serviced in this vehicle, but at some point, somebody put the wrong size bolts in it. The bottom bolt is not 14mm either. What's the best way to get the proper bolts for the starter? Do I need to go to the dealer, or can I go to Fastenal? Any advice would be appreciated.
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You should be able to get a suitable replacement at any parts store
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:39 PM   #18
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Special thanks to Ahardb0dy for the advice about twisting the battery connector to the solenoid so that you can put the starter in place! Took my bolts into Fastenal and they told me that they were 9/16ths. One was a half inch longer than the other. Since the thread pitch seemed to work, I bought 2 9/16th short bolts from them. It took me 5 minutes to put the starter back in and it started right up!
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Great news,
I am glad you got this all sorted out. Have an awesome day.
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