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#1 ggsteve OFFLINE  

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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:46 PM

Haven't really had much time to troubleshoot but my always-starts-214 won't start.  The last time I went to start her it was pretty cold and the battery was weak.  I got my jump pack and she cranked for about 10-15 seconds and I turned off the key.  I tried it again and no cranking at all.  After that it's been nothing but an occasional click at the turn of the key.  I fully charged the jump pack to no avail.  The engine turns freely by hand.  My next step is to transfer the brand new battery I just got for my 317 into the 214 and see what happens.  Any other thoughts?



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:50 PM

If you are getting a click, that narrows it down to the soleniod or the starter, although I have seen a junk battery suck the voltage down far enough that it wont start off of jumper cables


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:54 PM

  You should have let it run for more then just a few seconds to try and build the battery back up. Maybe a Dead Cell in the battery which will suck the juice from a jump box.  May want to try the Epsom salt treatment.


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 09:56 PM

I had this happen not long ago, the battery was just shot. It wouldn't even take a jump. Changed the Battery out and she fired right up.


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:00 PM

I'll bite, Bill,  what is the epson salt treatment?



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:06 PM

I'll bite, Bill,  what is the epson salt treatment?

 

A while back this thread talked about reviving a battery using an Epsom salt solution.  I have used this on a number of batteries and I guess about 60% of the batteries I have used this on successfully came back to life including the battery in the Wife's care.  I figure if a battery is on it's way out and you are looking at a new one anyway why not try it? 


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Posted January 16, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Some of the higher end battery chargers have a desulfating function that shocks the battery with a little AC to knock off the scale that builds up on the plates. There are several home remedies to do this, but most involve adding something to the battery that maybe shouldnt be in there. If your charger does not have this function, it might be worth a try. If it doesnt work, a battery is still gonna be cheaper than a new charger.

 

Make sure to check the water level in the battery before charging. A weak cell will run a little hotter when under load or charging and boil out the water faster than the others 



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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:03 PM

  You should have let it run for more then just a few seconds to try and build the battery back up. Maybe a Dead Cell in the battery which will suck the juice from a jump box.  May want to try the Epsom salt treatment.

 

I should have been more clear.  She didn't run, just cranked.  I don't like to try cranking for more that about 10 seconds at a time for fear of heating something up.


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Posted January 17, 2013 - 04:07 PM

I would try a new, fully charged battery and go from there.



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Posted January 19, 2013 - 10:21 AM

What did you end up doing to correct the starting problem? we need to know.

 

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Posted January 19, 2013 - 10:33 AM

This happened to my truck. Put charger on 200 amp crank mode and would click and that was it. New battery and done. Battery was 6 years old, so not worth trying to save. 

 

Let us know what you find.

 

 

 

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Posted January 19, 2013 - 11:58 PM

You guys nailed it!  New battery went in today and she started up.  Same thing happened about a month ago with my 317.  I'm beginning to wonder if my jump pack has gone sour.






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