New to me... Nightmare?

Discussion in 'Freightliner Forum' started by dajain, Apr 16, 2022.

  1. dajain

    dajain Bobtail Member

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    Here we go with normal forum negativity. I really don't understand why forum people get like this......

    I really didn't ask for any help. If you read my OP, I already had it decided I was going to do this. I didn't ask on advice on it, just asked if the ground thru the frame was standard on these big trucks. Also asked if there was anything specific I should watch for/inspect on this truck.

    How can you get the job done any cheaper? I already had the cable lying around from previous jobs and the lugs were about $30 so the upgrade really isn't costing anything.

    For what I bought the truck for, I have a lot of wiggle room for spending compared to buying a truck that didn't need repairs. Also, for what I also bought the truck for is personal use and basically my own hotel room for my travels. It's not going back into commercial service. It's just a toy for me.

    So, please settle down and stay positive.

    Peace
     
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  3. Six9GS

    Six9GS Road Train Member

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    My experience is anytime you buy any vehicle from someone else and they inform you of some 'little' problem, but try to assure you it's nothing big, it is a big issue. Otherwise previous owner would most likely have already fixed it. Always buyer beware. Hope your battery issue turns out to be minor. Personally, I would suspect there's more to it than simple cables. But, fixing the cables is the logical place to start. I'd be prepared for additional issues besides the cables. That's just me. There are times it helps to be an optimist and times to be a pessimist.
    Personally, I always make 3 assumptions going into any 'project' or repair.
    1. It will take longer than I think.
    2. It will cost more than I think. Usually about twice my original estimate.
    3. In the process, I'll find some problem I could not foresee that will have to be dealt with.
    With these assumptions, trust me, it's easier to contend with the project or repair.
     
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  4. H3R3T1C

    H3R3T1C Light Load Member

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    I think it was the "?" in the title of the post that threw me.

    my bad

    keep on, keeping on.
     
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  5. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    Batteries are $79 at Freightliner. New Mitsubishi starter is less than $400 at Freightliner. Just replaced mine in 1998 FLD120. I’ll dig out my receipt and give the exact price.
     
  6. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    It’s very simple. Your Truck has the same ground set up as every other Freightliner. I forgot to mention the other frame ground at the starter. Clean them up. Problem solved.
     
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  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    That’s how mine is, now that I think about it. I gave 2 hots from batteries to starter.
     
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  8. dajain

    dajain Bobtail Member

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    Went thru the entire system, replaced lugs that were cracked, I did one 250mcm cable for positive and one for negative, cleaned up all the connections (both + & -) and I now have the batteries charging. They were actually pretty low so that was a major contributor. I have 4 new batteries ordered thru the local NAPA as my tester is saying they are bad with only half the cca's that they should have. I'll trickle charge them over the rest of the weekend and see what they read on Monday. they are from 2020 so they shouldn't be bad unless the previous owner just let them sit dead for to long.....
     
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  9. MadScientist

    MadScientist Light Load Member

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    Ehhh, he's already got the wire in his shop's junk closet...
     
  10. MadScientist

    MadScientist Light Load Member

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    The extra ground wire doesn't hurt anything, but you'd probably be in just as good a shape if you'd cleaned everything up, replaced the bad lugs, and replaced the one undersized wire from the negative battery post to the frame post. That frame rail can carry a LOT more than 290A assuming it doesn't have a major crack that has been JB Welded and painted over.
     
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  11. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

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    Start with cleaning up the the “glowing battery connector “ that’s where the problem most likely is.
    A bad connection causes a high resistance which causes high heat at the connection which causes the connection to glow and be hot which causes low amperage at the starter which causes the starter to turn the engine over slow which causes the engine not to start.
     
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