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Old 08-29-2009, 01:04 AM
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problem with batteries

i have yet another problem now i took my batttery cables off today to clean the corrosion off because i read somewhere on here it could be a culprit for tough starts. so after i take them off clean them real good and reconnect everything its even harder to start. all my gauge lights dim when im tryin to crank and its a good 4-5 seconds before she turns over. i thought cleaning them would help and it has only worsend the problem. so my question here is what the he** is going on here and what are some good batteries to run that arent 100 bucks apiece?
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:25 AM
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Are your current batteries at least 850 cca, and load test fine? If not, could be part of the problem. Costco has 'em for $70 each. 3 year replacement.
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:41 AM
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Just a thought....I thought my batteries were going bad due to long, slow cranking. It turned out to be a couple of bad bearings in my starter. A lot cheaper to fix than buying new batteries.
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:53 AM
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how did u trace it to the bearings in the starter??
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:36 AM
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Please go back and see if you are able to turn the battery terminal, never, never should it have gotten worse just by cleaning. Next, please take a meter and check the voltage at the top of the batteries, should be 12.7. The thing that stands out in your story right now is you haven't said anything about a clicking noise under your dash while trying to start, this could be telling us you have plenty of power, but a lousy starter was Ranger had shared with you.
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:44 AM
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I like to check my battery condition with a hydrometer.. (batteries need to be fully charged to test them).. Napa sell a battery hydrometer for around $20.. It will show each battery cell's condition. If just one cell is low or bad, I replace the battery..
Also, check the alternator voltage at the battery at an idle... should be around 14.4volts..
Like Pat says, check the battery terminals. Had a battery last year on my cougar, the battery terminal just plain fell off, flush in the battery top... !!
 
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:47 PM
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no clickin under the dash just very hard to start i am about to do a load test on the batteries ill let yall know
 
 


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