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Old 11-03-2014, 09:56 PM   #1
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Stay Grounded

Earlier today I spotted a white E350 Quigley EB that had a loaded roof rack, bumpers, front and rear Warn Winches on the side of the road in El Pescadero, about 5 miles south of Todos Santos, B.C.S.

A few hours later we pulled into the Pemex/OXXO to get some Ice Cream and saw the same van parked off to the side with the hood up and the owner trying to jump start it with a Jumper Box.

I figured I'd offer a hand... Owner said it wouldn't start and asked if I had jumper cables. Before digging them out, I had him turn the key so I could see the problem -- the starter solenoid was just clicking. I suspected a bad ground based on years of experience (it is almost always a ground, not the hot side) and had him crank it again while I put my hand on the ground cable which I could feel getting hot (too much resistance - bad ground). I loaded up the connection by twisting the cable and the motor cranked with full force and fired up the 7.3L

I showed the owner where he need to clean and tighten the grounds.

Moral of the story - stay grounded!

Clean and tighten all connections, especially grounds.

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Old 11-04-2014, 04:03 AM   #2
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Re: Stay Grounded

Great advice, such things should be part of routine maintenance anyway.

Time after time on FTE "sudden" electrical problems are direct results of failed ground connections.
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