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2002 4.0L starting problem


Glen66

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Nova Scotia
Vehicle Year
2002
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0
Transmission
Manual
I have a 2002 4.0 4x4XLT with 350,000 kms on the engine.

The truck runs well but sometimes (maybe 1 in 20) it's hard to start. It turns over slowly and sounds like the battery is nearly dead. It has always started but I'm afraid it's going to leave me stranded some day.

A few months ago, I had a charging problem that caused the battery to discharge several times. It turned out it was one of the wires that connect to the alternator. Once I found and fixed it, the alternator (new) has been running just fine. The truck has been driven very little since then as I was doing some major repairs to the frame and body.

I had a local repair shot check the battery and they said it was fine but I don't know how or even if they tested it.

The battery is less than 2 years, the starter about 3 years.

Could this be a bad ground somewhere, maybe to the starter? Could it be the battery? How can I narrow it down.

Thanks,

Glen
 


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