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    Starter lacks the umph to start 4-tec

    Hello All-
    I posted a couple of days ago about this 2002 GTX 4-Tec that will not start.

    New Starter and Battery will turn engine over fine with plugs out, but will barely turn it over with plugs in. It fires a once or twice, couple of puffs of black smoke. Nada

    I am getting very close to the same voltage at the starter as at the battery, does that prove that all of the connections are good? If not any thoughts on what to check next.

    Guy I bought it from swears up and down he had this engine running 3 weeks ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by richard kagen View Post
    Hello All-
    I posted a couple of days ago about this 2002 GTX 4-Tec that will not start.

    New Starter and Battery will turn engine over fine with plugs out, but will barely turn it over with plugs in. It fires a once or twice, couple of puffs of black smoke. Nada

    I am getting very close to the same voltage at the starter as at the battery, does that prove that all of the connections are good? If not any thoughts on what to check next.

    Guy I bought it from swears up and down he had this engine running 3 weeks ago.
    What kind of starter and battery... OEM doesn't sound like you have a voltage problem... it's an amperage issue!

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    SBT Starter brand new and Deka Battery

    What does one do with an amperage issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard kagen View Post
    What does one do with an amperage issue?
    There's your problem... SBT starter

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    could be a bad starter or it could be that the timing is off , make sure your ground is good .

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    Starter is brand new SBT

    Supposed to be higher torque that OEM, I suppose it could be bad.

    I will check the ground (how cool with it be if this whole issue gets fixed by cleaning/re-terminating the ground)

    Anything else comes to mind???

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    Make sure ALL connections to motor ground, battery terminals and starter solenoid are cood, clean and secure.

    Amps are what do the work in electricity effectively.

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    if all that doesn't fix it.....it could be the brushes in the starter...i've seen people drop them before and....well they're a nice paper weight...

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    SBT Starter

    Starter is brand new SBT, I am assuming as long as it was not DOA it must be 100%. Reasonable?

    The old starter was definately a problem, question is did cranking a problem cause the starter problem?

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