Join Date: May 2001
Location: Austin, Texas
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SOLVED: Mudding - No Start 2 days after - Pics
Truck ran fine while mudding Saturday evening during a buddies bachelor party out at Hidden Falls Adventure Park near Marble Falls, TX. It also ran all day Sunday (though it seemed sluggish when starting) but this morning it wouldn't start at all, no click, no starter, nothing. Both Optima batteries are at 12.5 volts (which seems a bit low) and I popped a charger on them (even bumped up to 30A for starting for a few minutes) but no change in the no-start symptom. Then charged one for a couple hours at 20A and still no change. Interior accessories are on and working.
I should add the it appears that mud is throughout the engine compartment. Interior fuses look fine, going to check the engine compartment ones now. Any other ideas on where I should also look? CPS? Beat the heck out of the starter? Any electrical connections I could wiggle or dry out? Obviously I'm going to clean the air filter and replace the rear fluids as the rear axle vent hose popped off during our runs through this mud pit. Appreciate any insight, direction, or advice y'all might have.
It sure was fun while it lasted though! That mud was nothing for the 7.3 and used Hummer tires to handle and got a kick out of a few other trucks that struggled through the mud. Bachelor buddy Travis even ran through it in 2 wheel drive (the pic coming towards us) and commented how easy it was for the old rig just after he pulled a donut and roosted us all with mud clumps. I lost power steering near the end temporarily but just figured the belt got muddy and was slipping and it came back a few minutes later. Saw lots of 4 wheel vehicles and rock crawlers out there. Fun place and my first time out there but will return to ride the dirt bike trails.
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Last edited by Chewbacca; 05-16-2011 at 05:05 PM.