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Starter diagnosis lesson

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Avitare, Dec 1, 2007.

  1. It eases the pain if I can learn from my mistakes,..and share with others

    bottom line: my solder connection for the battery terminal failed:cry:

    When the starter failed (?), there I sat in a customers driveway,...
    tried various means to 'arc' the starter with a screwdriver--no luck
    did i mention that this starter was rebuilt last week by a very good shop as PM?

    took the plow off in the clients drive (blocking her door) and partner towed me to the shop.
    while my wife drove 20 miles to get me a new starter from the embarassed repair shop
    (he insisted I take a new factory starter at no cost)

    3 minutes to 5pm (Friday) I have replaced the starter and still the same problem.
    Caught my friend at the repair shop and he suggests putting a jumper cable
    from the starter terminal to the battery --- Im thinking --why?

    To not mention further embarassment, such a suggestion would have saved me
    a few hours and my wifes 40mile drive ( and she still made me dinner).

    The new starter is staying on the truck and I am trying to think of a way to repay
    the friend(s) that took time to rescue me and not mention that I was not
    able to diagnose my own failings before assuming that someone else messed up.

    lesson learned
    a. dont shut off the truck until it is back in the warm barn
    b. remember the jumper trick
    c. carry cash and a change of clothes
    d. dont skip breakfast assuming you will get lunch
    e....(fill in the blank)
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    1. Find out what friend likes to drink, Good Whiskey, beer etc.buy him a bunch.
    2. Should know what Wife likes , treat her, and keep thanking her!