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Old 10-18-2012, 09:44 PM
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I don't know about the rest of you but I've seen a good amount of starting problems within these forums and I've actually experienced starting problems yesterday. Although since then my problem has not repeated itself I just like to get some opinions of people who are mechanically knowledgeable.

My problem started when I left class Wednesday got into my truck and turn the key to turn it on and all I heard was an audible "click" and nothing. I thought my battery was dead until my radio came on and started playing and noticed all my dash lights were on. I turn the key again... and again heard the "click". Waited another few seconds and tried one more time and finally it started.

I was listening to my radio for like 2-3 hours before leaving my truck and figured maybe I had a low battery that cause a kind of hard start but either a battery has enough juice or doesn't have enough juice to start. Am I wrong?

Also today I opened my hood to look at my ground and noticed it is attached to our painted frames. Could painted frames cause a problem every now and then with a proper ground? I have an old 87 dodge ram and it specifically says within the repair manual to always attach the battery ground to an UNPAINTED piece of metal.

Just thought I get some more thoughts on this problem. If I have trouble starting again ima rough up my frame for all my grounds and see if that works. If it doesn't shes going to the dealer.

Also if you look at the second thread the problem was supposedly "cured" by a new transmission solenoid and a better ground. Hence why I feel this is a ground problem.


Here are a couple of threads with starting problems:
http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=98808&page=13

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=123947

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread....113784&page=10

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:35 PM
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I have had this problem on a few occasions. What always works is to leave it sit for a minute then try again. It is so intermittent I don't want to bring it in unless it is doing it frequently/
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If you suspect it is the ground you can always do a quick voltage drop test across the ground connection before you start scraping paint. i know i wouldnt want to be scraping paint of a new truck. Painting over ground connection will prevent rust.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:24 PM
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Well I don't suspect anything. I was just wondering from my previous work on my 87 Ram if it is possible because of the undercoating.

You think the undercoating could cause a little problem?
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I dont think the paint matters .. when the bolt goes right through the metal it has to be making contact i would think. I never had this happen on my 11, but i have on my new 12, and all i did was put the truck in neutral then it started. I cant say if it was just luck or maybe related to a sensor somewhere.
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i have a 12 and never had this happen
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I had this problem when I first go it. The dealership daid it was a fluke in the programming and there was nothing they could do. Luckily it hasnt happened again!
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I think mine might have just been a fluke. It hasn't happened again since and I didn't do anything to the truck.

Also my truck is still stock but for like 10 miles my tire pressure warning system flashed. I manually checked each tire and they are all exactly 35 psi. Max pressure on the tire says 44. What are all ya'lls tires at?
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Audacious; your point on a better ground is definitely a good thing to do on any vehicle, especially on painted surfaces. Have 7000 miles on my beast and she starts everytime so far.
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