1984 GMC Suburban Starter, Battery, or Fuses?

Tiny
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  • 1984 GMC SUBURBAN
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
The battery was dead this morning. Tried to get a jump from a neighbor. Made a horrible chunking/clanking noise when I tried to turn it over. Got battery charged and tested. Battery is good, but truck won't start, lights won't turn on. Need a new battery and new starter, maybe fuses?
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 AT 9:57 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

Have the battery load tested fist, this is the only test that will prove the battery one way or the other, also have the starter check.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 AT 10:04 PM
Tiny
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Hello, Mark! I took your advice, mate. The battery was not load tested, so even if it comes up okay on tests and is charged to the 12+ volts I need, it's meaningless. I found a decent used battery at half the price of a similar new one. Truck started right up. Traveled about 22 kilometers without a problem, parked in front of my home. Ten minutes later, the truck wouldn't turn over. Thoughts?
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Thursday, August 13th, 2009 AT 11:54 PM
Tiny
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You may have a current draw problem draining the battery, do you know how to do a current draw test. There are fusible links connected to the main wires at the starter. One or two are probably shot and need replacing. Auto parts stores carry them.

Mark
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Friday, August 14th, 2009 AT 1:24 AM
Tiny
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First, thank you so much for your help!

Second, yes, I think I remember how to do a current draw test, but you tell me (still trying to get my mechanic's chops back)--place the wire that we want to measure in series with a resistor and place a voltmeter across the resistor, and don't turn the ignition. I remember something about Ohm law and Kirchoffs law but that's not much help on the practical level. Lol

But get this--I let the truck sit for an hour, went out and it started right up.

UPDATE: Started up after an hour last night, but this afternoon the truck won't turn over. Maybe I should get the alternator checked? If it's not charging then the vechile wont keep charge or stay running?

Thanks!
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Friday, August 14th, 2009 AT 1:48 AM

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