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So I'm wrapping up my Dana 60 swap. And know my truck won't start. Nothing involving the swap had anything to do with the electrical system. I did upgrade to rear disc and I don't have a very good peddle but that's for another thread.
Symptoms: one single, loud, audible click. No whining or multie little clicks or struggling to turn the motor over.
Stuff I've done.
New battery, had a bad 6 month old one.
Took old starter off and cleaned the brushes and the starter motor. It then started a couple times. Then symptoms returned.
Then I got a new(renamed mopar) starter. Put it one. Same thing.
New negative brass battery clamp.
Cleaned terminal posts and posts in fuse box. They were pretty dirty.
When it starts it starts great. Turns right over and fires right up.
That's about it. I've had this issue before but it was always because my old neg clamp was coming loose. Tighten it up and everything was good.
I feel like it's some kind of ground issue.....
Bed is off, if that matters.
I'm at my wits end with this issue. Help?
Edit: well I just figured it out. It's that little ground wire that grounds on the front driver clip. Right in front of the battery's
It HAS to be right on top of the other two big wires. It off to the sid just a little. Stupid.
So yea delete this thread or we can turn it into the why I don't have a brake pedal thread or whatever lol
ACTUALLY it only worked once. Cut it off. Tried to start again. Same thing single loud click.
This is driving me insane
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On the trans, right below where the shift linkage hits it.
If it is the starter you hear hitting, (the loud click) check the main cable going to the starter. The little wire is controlled by the ignition switch, and just activates the solenoid. Solenoid pulls the gear out to engage the ring gear, AND, it closes contacts at the back, to complete the circuit to the starter motor itself. Sounds like the second part isn't happening correctly, or, you have intermittent power at that cable. It pulls a fair bit of power there.... so, even a slightly crappy connection can give you issues.
To get the valve to reset, have a friend pump up the brakes, and then HOLD them. Crack open one of the FRONT bleeders. Might have to do it a couple times to get it to reset properly. Won't here any noise either.