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Old 07-07-2013, 01:37 AM
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Greetings!

First off, my apologies if this has been covered somewhere. I found a lot of similar stories but nothing exactly matching mine.

Second, I must say that although I am technically inclined, vehicles are not my thing. So try to keep the comments on the simple side. In the end it will probably go to the shop, but maybe I'm missing something simple.

Short version: my truck won't start. When I turn the key to the on position, I hear everything energize, but when I turn to start, I hear one single loud click from the engine (I'm assuming from the starter motor), and a long series of clicks (about 3 seconds worth) from behind the instrument cluster.

Long version: A little over a month ago, I had a dead battery and replaced it. Except for one time since then, the truck has started without any problem. That one previous time it did the same thing it is doing now, but I think I removed the battery terminal for a time and it started right up. I have tried that again but to no avail.

Normally to start, I only have to turn the key momentarily. The starter motor runs without me holding the key. I don't know what this feature is called.

I have been having intermittent issues with the automatic transmission. Nothing while driving, just slow to engage when shifting from park to reverse and reverse to drive.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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Old 07-07-2013, 12:02 PM
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Just sounds like dirty battery cables. Pull cables, scrape with a small blade or wire brush, scrape or replace battery cable terminals, re-tighten. It helps to seal with wax, grease , or an anti-corrosion additive.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:17 PM
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Low voltage, like a weak battery, will kill a starter faster than anything. That being said, gen1 is right, check and clean terminals and cables. Check the ground and clean the contact area good. Get a voltage meter and make sure everything is getting at least 12 volts.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:36 PM
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Today I did something I didn't do yesterday--- I wiggled the negative battery cable terminal. Started right up after that!

When the battery died a month ago, the corrosion was so bad that I pulled the cable terminal clamps off and soaked them in a baking soda slurry. They are so nice and shiny I didn't think they would have corrosion issues this quickly. Perhaps some new clamps are in order.

Thanks for the responses guys!
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I would. Try to get OEM. The part store clamps suck (they never fit right)
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