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Old 04-03-2011, 10:34 AM
3vilpenguin 3vilpenguin is offline
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Default Truck randomly won't start

I have a 99 Ranger XLT 4.0. Sometimes lately it won't start. It won't even try to crank, yet a jump will start it perfectly. The weird thing is the battery is new (winter killed my old one replaced it in January), and the wires are fine no acid. It's only started about 2 weeks ago, and it doesn't always happen. When it does happen the interior lights and even my radar detector receive power. Bad starter?
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:10 AM
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Default Re: Truck randomly won't start

If jumping it starts the truck, then that should be a big clue. The battery is dead. The challenge will be determining WHY.

The lights and radar detector draw like 0.5 amps. The starter draws ~400 amps. Just because the dome light works doesn't mean the battery isn't dead. The next time it won't start, see what the battery voltage is with a volt meter first.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:01 PM
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Defective new batteries are not unusual. Look at the shopping cart of returns everywhere they sell batteries.
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