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replacing the starter

Just how hard is this to do? I have been having a slow start issue with the truck. I can put the batteries on a trickle charger for days...with no change in the slow crankover. I had both batteries load tested...and they came back ok. The altenator is putting out 14 volts to the batteries...so that should be ok.

So, that either leaves me the starter is going out, or there is corrosion in the long positive cable that ties the batteries together then goes down to the starter. I suspect that neither of these are cheap fixes.

So, unless somebody has any other ideas of what this may be, I am going to try and get the starter off. One of the auto stores in town can test it I believe.

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dave are youo talking about a long crank time or slow (rpm) crank? starter not hard to pull just remember you have 2 batteries to disconnect.

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slow rpm speed.

Just got back from Advance Auto doing some tests on the starter/batteries and it appears that the positive cable going between the batteries then down to the starter is corroded and that is what needs to be replaced. Ford wants nearly $270 for this cable. Has anybody made their own?

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I would think you can get what you need at a speed shop or someplace that can build cables for remote battery installs or winch installs.

1) 99 f-350 srw 7.3 6pos. bully dog, afe intake, mrbp 4" exhaust,250,000 miles and still rollin.
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Dave, check out this thread: http://www.azpsg.com/showthread.php?...016#post105016

One of our local members builds and sells a custom battery cable kit that is much more stout than the OEM part.

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That looks like a pretty stout cable. I have fired him off an email to see about cost including shipping.

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Never buy these type of cables from OEM. We were doing it for equipment, and all our golf carts. Finally I just bought everything I needed and now make them myself for a fraction of the cost. Better quality IMO.

Let me know if you need help with it Dave.

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I contacted that guy about cables...and even he seemed pretty stout on the price.

I think I am going to remove my factory cable then go find cable and ends on my own to make them. It can't be that stinkin hard. Just gotta make sure I don't weld myself to the truck when removing that cable.

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I made my own cables for my vehicles. I was never happy with the small gauge factory cables. I bought a roll of 0 gauge cable and battery terminals. Measured and stripped the cable ends. Clamped the battery terminal to a vise. Broke out the mapp gas. Heated the terminal. Took a looooooong roll of solder and filled the terminal end and shoved the cable end into the pool of solder. I even bought black and red heat shrink tubing for the ends.

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2 gauge wiring is like $1-$1.50 a foot at the auto parts store, I'd make it myself.

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