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Tiny
FINISHING_BOYS
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET SILVERADO
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 146,000 MILES
I just changed the alternator and put a new battery in my truck. It will not even attempt to turnover to start. I checked all connections on battery and ground. What should be my next thing to try.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:06 PM

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Tiny
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Do any of the electrical components work?
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:06 PM
Tiny
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Do your headlights remain bright when you attempt to crank it?
Have you tried starting it in neutral?
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:07 PM
Tiny
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Haven't tried it in neutral. I'll go try it now. Didn't even think of trying that.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:19 PM
Tiny
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Does exact same thing in neutral. Absoulutely nothing.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:21 PM
Tiny
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What about the brightness of the headlights. Do they dim when you try to start it?
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:24 PM
Tiny
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Yes, the headlights dim when I try to start it.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 5:58 PM
Tiny
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If that is the case, things point to a bad starter. What you can try is if you have someone to help you have then attempt to start it while you tap on the starter with a small hammer. If it suddenly engages or responds at all, that's a pretty good indication of a bad starter.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:01 PM
Tiny
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Ok. Will try that. How much does a starter usually run?
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:11 PM
Tiny
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In the vicinity of $200-$300 incl labor.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:13 PM
Tiny
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Is the starter easy to locate. Headed out to garage to look now while wife tries starting it.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:13 PM
Tiny
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Is it easy to locate and change myself.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:16 PM
Tiny
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No offense but if you have to ask that question, you probably should have someone else looking at this.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:20 PM
Tiny
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Very true. But don't want a stinking towing fee. I'll find it, by just tracing cables from battery. So just tapping on it, while someone is trying to start it. If it starts then I know it's the starter. What if it doesn't start, trying that.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:40 PM
Tiny
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Then you will need a technician to diagnose it.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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Ok. Thanks.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 AT 11:38 PM
Tiny
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One last thought. If the lights dim when you turn the key to the start position (as wrenchtech mentioned) chances are the battery is bad. What you need to do is check the smaller wire to the starter for voltage when the key is in the start position. If you have 12+ volts to it, it is bad. What I recommend is to remove the starter and take it to a parts store. They can bench test it. As far as removal, first disconnect the neg terminal from the battery. Next, remove the wiring from the starter (remember what wire goes where). Next, there are two bolts that hold the starter in place. Remove the bolts and the starter will come out. Have it checked. They will do it for free with hopes to sell you a new starter. If it is bad, replace it in the reverse order as removed. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST DISCONNECT THE BATTERY BEFORE WORKING ON THE STARTER.

Let me know if you have questions.
Joe
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Thursday, December 9th, 2010 AT 12:08 AM
Tiny
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I have starter removed. Taking it to Advanced Auto or Autozone in morning when they open. Having them bench test it. Hope this fixes the problem. Thanks for all the help so far.
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Thursday, December 9th, 2010 AT 2:20 AM
Tiny
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Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Thursday, December 9th, 2010 AT 4:44 PM

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