Mack CH613 350 engine. ran out of fuel. starting back...strange problems
in my mack ch613 with a 350 engine dumptruck, i ran out of fuel the other afternoon.
what happened is....i pulled on the side of the road to make a phone call. the fuel gauge was around 1/4 full or less.
as i was sitting idling talking on phone....the engine started to splutter like it had water in fuel. i thought, oh no! i am sitting on the shoulder of the road leaning toward the passenger side and i bet the crossover tube between the tanks has equalized and the fuel must pick up from the driver side tank? hence running out of fuel?
so, i call my dad in the service truck. he arrives. we put 10 gallons in the truck.
i bleed the injectors. truck turns over, doesnt crank.
spray a light mist of starting fluid, still doesnt crank.
go buy new fuel filters. fill filters with fuel and install.
i try to bleed injectors, pump fuel with the hand pump plunger on the fuel pump.
cannot get injectors to bleed. maybe it has air in it?
try to spin the engine over and bleed with engine turning.
all the sudden..sounds like batteries get weak.
hook jumper cables.
it slowly turns over in slow revolutions. womp..womp..womp.... like weak batteries.
but, batteries are new.
check the batteries each separate from each other with tester...all check ok.
blow up air tanks with compressor and roll the truck off. cranks and runs great!!
drive truck to shop. cut off engine. i double check and start truck back...starts great!
next morning....will not start. starter barely turns engine over...womp womp womp. charge batteries..still no change.
is it possible that the start will sound fine...but slowly turn engine over..but not strongly enough? yet still turns a little bit?
could this be the starter? its the only thing i can think of.
if it is starter, what could it be? a field coil possibly grounding out against the case? should i buy a reman starter or take it to a starter shop?
what should be a reasonable starter replacement price?
any tricks to taking this starter off?
any advice to what this could be?
thanks guy. any help appreciated.