Starter issues

Asked by Apr 16, 2017 at 01:49 AM about the 1972 Chevrolet C/K 10 Cheyenne Super

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Replaced starter with a smaller starter to make room for new shorty
headers. Ever since I've had issues. If I don't leave a trickle charger on the
battery it just does one click when I turn the key and won't start. I have
bought higher cranking amp battery, attached ground wire to starter and
frame, had starter tested. Starts most times with trickle charge, but dare to
leave and get gas. 50/50 chance it starts again with a jump. Where is
voltage or amps being pulled from? Are the teeth lining up with my flywheel
from that new starter? I'm not too handy as a mechanic anyways, but this is
frustrating trying to fix. I've even checked the ignition wire and changed the
connector. Worked for one start.

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Have you load tested the battery when it refuses to start? Does everything go completely dead when it won't start (lights, horn, wipers, etc.)? Sounds like a bad electrical connection with the battery cables or a defective starter. If everything goes dead it's a bad battery cable connection. Either positive (+) or ground (-). If everything stays on, headlights nice and bright, etc., then I'd suspect the starter to be defective. HTH. -Jim

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