Starter or Switch?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by thelawnguy, Feb 2, 2002.

  1. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Trying to figure if the problem with my Dodge is the starter or switch...first start of the day, turn the key, either you get nothing until the 2nd or 3rd try or sometimes just a click, like the battery's dead or something, then it cranks over and starts right up. All lights and dash indicators light normally.

    Help me isolate the starter or the ignition switch under the column, or just change out both?
  2. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611


    Does that truck have a seperate solenoid for the starter or is it part of the starter itself?

    I would first check all the connections. I will assume that you have and they are all clean and secure. If the solenoid is seperate I would try that, it is cheap and easy to do. If not I would replace the starter. Ignition switches seldom go bad. I don't think the switch is your problem.
  3. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Sounds more like a bad connection. Clean your battery cables, and check the ground strap to the engine. Make sure the connection is clean. Bad grounds can quite often cause this type of problem.

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