won't start

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 1MajorTom, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    85 dodge used as a backup, the problem is i have no ignition power, no headlights, nothing. battery IS good. terminals are super clean. what's the next thing I need to look for?
  2. tteckster

    tteckster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    I would check the other end of the ground cable coming from the battery.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Not sure about a Dodge, but some of the 80's model chevys would do that and it would be a bad wire on the starter solenoid, One of the wires were the main power for alot of the systems, Also like stated above check the ground, 90% of all electrical problems are faulty grounds


    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    check all grounds and connections at the battery and the starter. check for voltage at the starter that is the junction for all your electric components.
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    are the terminals tight?Still sounds like your batt may be good but needs charging try jumping it.
  6. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Check your cab ground.
  7. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    I just had the exact same thing happen with my 86 f250 backup plow truck. The guy was plowing fine with it and he started his next run and it just quit completely died. I found the problem to be a loose ground cable if it was bumped just right it stopped making contact and everything died. It tightened it up and everything is running fine so far. But it hasn't plowed since then.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    How much air pressure is in the right front tire? LOL

    check and clean your grounds just like everyone else has said..
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    fuseable link?
  10. Allen's LS

    Allen's LS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 0

    Always check your Grounds, Fuses, and Breakers first. :drinkup:

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