Starter current draw
89 ranger, 2.9, auto, missing muffler for 6 months
Battery drains to no start, 3 starts after full charge.
13.7 V when running (unless ignition key is in wrong position, then it doesnt charge, this is not problem im asking about). All night on battery charger starts first time, few minutes later, slow start, turn off then no start with battery dropping to 5 V while trying, then 11v after cranking. 500cca battery tests good at two stores.
Can a bad starter drain a good battery like this? My next step is to check starting current at Autozone. Then drop the starter if it's excessive.
Anyone know what normal current draw should be? Any other advice?
Thx. Student with NO money!