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 Post Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:30 am 
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Last night when I stopped at my uncle's house, I parked on a somewhat steep incline (Automatic transmission) shifted into park (I don't think I pressed down on the brake because I was already at a stop) and turned off the truck. Normally when I turn off the diesel it shakes kind of violently-which happens in every other diesel I've been in, but this time there was a loud clunk.

When I tried to start it about 1/2 hr later, there was a really fast clicking noise. I turned the key 3 times-all three times it clicked. I opened the door and it started right up. I then drove it for ~10 min, turned it off and let it sit for ~3 1/2 hrs, then tried to start it again-and same thing happened...except i had the door open (don't know how the door had anything to do with it), closed the door, tried to do it again and in the midst of it clicking it turned over. I then turned the key again and it started right up.

I have corrosion around battery terminals, but my voltmeter's needle is right above 14 (8 is low, 18 is high, 14 is middles), and I've never had problems starting before anyhow. Also, my lights dim, then brighten while the truck is idling...my uncle said that wasn't normal-but i wonder if diesels are different.

Any suggestions, questions, or preferably answers.

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:23 am 
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The headlights dimming when you first start is just your grid heater cycling, no big deal on a cummins, they will do it everytime when you have a cold start at temps below 40-45 degrees. When you see the grids are cycling, be sure you leave your drive your truck/let it run for atleast 15 minutes until after the stop so that the alternator has time to recharge the battery, the grids pull ALOT of juice. Probably the clicking was because the grids pulled too much juice from the battery on your first drive, so your voltage was low and was clicking the start soleniod, but you luckily had enough juice for it to catch and start.

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:04 am 
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kennedy wrote:
The headlights dimming when you first start is just your grid heater cycling, no big deal on a cummins, they will do it everytime when you have a cold start at temps below 40-45 degrees. When you see the grids are cycling, be sure you leave your drive your truck/let it run for atleast 15 minutes until after the stop so that the alternator has time to recharge the battery, the grids pull ALOT of juice. Probably the clicking was because the grids pulled too much juice from the battery on your first drive, so your voltage was low and was clicking the start soleniod, but you luckily had enough juice for it to catch and start.


thanks-and I went ahead and cleaned my battery terminals last night-wire brush, soak with coke, rinse with hot water, brush again, then reconnected. No clicking this morning. I'll find out if that was it tonight and the next couple of days when I start. and thanks for the grid heater info!

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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:37 am 
Gump01 wrote:
kennedy wrote:
The headlights dimming when you first start is just your grid heater cycling, no big deal on a cummins, they will do it everytime when you have a cold start at temps below 40-45 degrees. When you see the grids are cycling, be sure you leave your drive your truck/let it run for atleast 15 minutes until after the stop so that the alternator has time to recharge the battery, the grids pull ALOT of juice. Probably the clicking was because the grids pulled too much juice from the battery on your first drive, so your voltage was low and was clicking the start soleniod, but you luckily had enough juice for it to catch and start.


thanks-and I went ahead and cleaned my battery terminals last night-wire brush, soak with coke, rinse with hot water, brush again, then reconnected. No clicking this morning. I'll find out if that was it tonight and the next couple of days when I start. and thanks for the grid heater info!


coke?.?.?...as in, coke, the pop in a red can?


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kellyd469 wrote:
Gump01 wrote:
kennedy wrote:
The headlights dimming when you first start is just your grid heater cycling, no big deal on a cummins, they will do it everytime when you have a cold start at temps below 40-45 degrees. When you see the grids are cycling, be sure you leave your drive your truck/let it run for atleast 15 minutes until after the stop so that the alternator has time to recharge the battery, the grids pull ALOT of juice. Probably the clicking was because the grids pulled too much juice from the battery on your first drive, so your voltage was low and was clicking the start soleniod, but you luckily had enough juice for it to catch and start.


thanks-and I went ahead and cleaned my battery terminals last night-wire brush, soak with coke, rinse with hot water, brush again, then reconnected. No clicking this morning. I'll find out if that was it tonight and the next couple of days when I start. and thanks for the grid heater info!


coke?.?.?...as in, coke, the pop in a red can?


yep - coco cola classic with santa claus on the front

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Gump01 wrote:
kellyd469 wrote:
Gump01 wrote:
kennedy wrote:
The headlights dimming when you first start is just your grid heater cycling, no big deal on a cummins, they will do it everytime when you have a cold start at temps below 40-45 degrees. When you see the grids are cycling, be sure you leave your drive your truck/let it run for atleast 15 minutes until after the stop so that the alternator has time to recharge the battery, the grids pull ALOT of juice. Probably the clicking was because the grids pulled too much juice from the battery on your first drive, so your voltage was low and was clicking the start soleniod, but you luckily had enough juice for it to catch and start.


thanks-and I went ahead and cleaned my battery terminals last night-wire brush, soak with coke, rinse with hot water, brush again, then reconnected. No clicking this morning. I'll find out if that was it tonight and the next couple of days when I start. and thanks for the grid heater info!


coke?.?.?...as in, coke, the pop in a red can?


yep - coco cola classic with santa claus on the front


yup does wonders to battery acid if you dont have battery terminal cleaner


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 Post Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:18 am 
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chazinator wrote:

yup does wonders to battery acid if you dont have battery terminal cleaner


my cuz told me of a mixture of water and vinegar, but since i knew where the coke was, and coke is probably cheaper than vinegar-I figured I'd go with that.

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chazinator wrote:

yup does wonders to battery acid if you dont have battery terminal cleaner


my cuz told me of a mixture of water and vinegar, but since i knew where the coke was, and coke is probably cheaper than vinegar-I figured I'd go with that.

actually viniger cost about $1 for half gallon or so and it will last forever! or wont go bad anyway.


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kellyd469 wrote:
Gump01 wrote:
chazinator wrote:

yup does wonders to battery acid if you dont have battery terminal cleaner


my cuz told me of a mixture of water and vinegar, but since i knew where the coke was, and coke is probably cheaper than vinegar-I figured I'd go with that.

actually viniger cost about $1 for half gallon or so and it will last forever! or wont go bad anyway.


hm... nice to know, but another thing with coke...if you don't use it all, you can drink the rest and quench your thirst :tu2:

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and the coke was probably closer than going into the house and ransacking your mom's kitchen looking for vineger....lol


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kellyd469 wrote:
and the coke was probably closer than going into the house and ransacking your mom's kitchen looking for vineger....lol


nope-i grabbed the coke out of the kitchen. We don't have any food or beverages in the out buildings.

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