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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-05-2002, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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93 Tracker won\'t start

It's done this twice now in the past couple days. Turn the key to start, lights come on in the dash, radio lights up, etc. Turn the key and it makes this whaaaa noise briefly and everything dies. Dies so much that my radio channels are dumped and it resets like I disconnected the battery cables. I've hooked 2 different battery chargers up to it, and both say the battery is fully charged. Sunday night when it did it the first time I had the battery charger on it set to 50amp start, and it did start, but I'm not so sure the charger did anything. I drove it for about 10 minutes, had to turn it off to put gas in it, and it started right up. Prior to this it had been started and turned off about two to four times during Sunday, the last one not being much more than a few hours prior.

Today when it did it (right before I had to leave for work) I
couldn't get it to start at all. Just dies every time I try to
start it. Ended up driving dad's truck to work.

Starter?
Alternator?
Wiring?

Any ideas?

Ever notice when you go to sell a vehicle stuff starts breaking?
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Re: 93 Tracker won\'t start

sounds like a bad connection at the battery terminals/or cables.


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Re: 93 Tracker won\'t start

Or the ground strap.. maybe your battery is no good, have it load tested.
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Re: 93 Tracker won\'t start

I would start with your battery and the cable connections. Have your cables had those bolt-on replacement clamps installed instead of the molded on terminal ends? Those things can be the source of your symptoms, I've seen it many times. Those replacement terminal ends are bad juju and should only be used as a temp fix.

Why don't ya just part that thing out... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I need a long block for mine before the water jacket crack fails entirely!
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Re: 93 Tracker won\'t start

I had a dead cell in my battery that acted just like you describe. It won't show up when you test the battery on a standard battery charger. Go to a battery place and have them test each cell. I'll bet my 2 cents that's what it is.
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Re: 93 Tracker won\'t start

Fastone, you don't want my block. Thing has 161k on it and leaks a good amount of oil. Lord knows what is wrong internally. I'd make more money off of just selling this to someone for their kid to drive or a winter beater than if I tried to part it out around here. If it isn't a fullsize on 40's or larger or a Jeep, most of the people around here don't want it.

Thanks guys, I'll check all of what you said. Man, I hope it's not the battery.[img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: 93 Tracker won\'t start

Thanks guys, it was the positive cable. Full of "non-obvious" corrosion. A little plastic trimming and some baking soda and water later, it started right up.

Fastone, check your PM's.
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