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Old 08-07-2016, 06:46 PM   #11
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I started removing the starter to test it off the engine. I got the bottom two bolts, but how in the world are you supposed to get to the top one? I've started taking the exhaust loose off the manifold hoping it will enable me to get my arm up in there. I can't see the bolt, and can barely get a finger on it let alone get a wrench on it. It fits so tight up under the engine it looks like if I had about two feet of extension on a ratchet or impact I might be able to get on it. I'm just a little stumped on this one. I took video. Maybe I can get on YouTube or something.
You probably need the two foot extension.
You shouldn't have to mess with the manifold.
Sounds like you are having fun.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:50 PM   #12
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get a couple alligator clips, some wire and a light bulb( a reverse light on a pigtail socket is good)... clip one alligator clip to the skinny solenoid wire at the starter itself.. the other to the vehicle frame (clear off the dirt and rust) near the starter.. connect the bulb to the lng wires and set outside where you can see it...

get in, turn the key to start position and see if the bulb lights up nice and bright..

if so, you have eliminated all of the no-start safety circuits and fuses in the low-amperage part of the electrical system..

if the light doesnt light you are not even placing power to the solenoid so the starter isnt even being "called for"

then you troubleshoot fuses, emergency door interlocks, neutral safety switches, etc...

if the light does light then your issue is at the solenoid or starter... you dont need to dismantle the truck for this test.

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Old 08-07-2016, 10:30 PM   #13
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get a couple alligator clips, some wire and a light bulb( a reverse light on a pigtail socket is good)... clip one alligator clip to the skinny solenoid wire at the starter itself.. the other to the vehicle frame (clear off the dirt and rust) near the starter.. connect the bulb to the lng wires and set outside where you can see it...

get in, turn the key to start position and see if the bulb lights up nice and bright..

if so, you have eliminated all of the no-start safety circuits and fuses in the low-amperage part of the electrical system..

if the light doesnt light you are not even placing power to the solenoid so the starter isnt even being "called for"

then you troubleshoot fuses, emergency door interlocks, neutral safety switches, etc...

if the light does light then your issue is at the solenoid or starter... you dont need to dismantle the truck for this test.

-Christopher
Good advice.
There is a good thread on starter wiring/troubleshooting at busconversions.com right now.
Keep at it you will get it going.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:23 PM   #14
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Thanks. That's very helpful.
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