wont start

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rmillmanip

Guest
Sorry for a basic question but I am new to Amphicars and classic cars
in general.

I have a full battery (charger shows full and lights and blower work)
but when I try and start, it sounds as if too little current is
getting to the starter, it trys to turn over but doesn't quite do it.
Running jumper cables to a car did get it started and it ran great.
But when shut off, the above happens.

What should I check?

Thank you.
 
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Behnke, Steve

Guest
Since Amphi starts w/a jump...

Check the battery cables... I once had an issue where the positive cable
grounded to the frame... It looked clean but it wasn't... Also, check
the battery terminals and the battery cable ends.... Wire brush them...
If they are not shiny they might not be making a good enough contact.

How old is your battery? It might be junk ... not accepting/storing
enough of a charge to start your Amphi. A cheap test... swap the
battery with your other car and see if it starts the Amphi... If Amphi
starts... Does your other car start w/Amphi's battery? (be sure you
connect Amphi's cables correctly... Amphis were originally positive
ground but some have been changed to neg)

Steve
'64 Red

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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 15:36:25 -0000
From: "rmillmanip" <rmillmanip@yahoo.com>
Subject: wont start

Sorry for a basic question but I am new to Amphicars and classic cars
in general.

I have a full battery (charger shows full and lights and blower work)
but when I try and start, it sounds as if too little current is
getting to the starter, it trys to turn over but doesn't quite do it.
Running jumper cables to a car did get it started and it ran great.
But when shut off, the above happens.

What should I check?

Thank you.
 
W

WB6WSN

Guest
Re: RE: wont start

----- Original Message -----
From: Behnke, Steve
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 12:46 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] RE: wont start


Since Amphi starts w/a jump...

Check the battery cables... I once had an issue where the positive cable
grounded to the frame... It looked clean but it wasn't... Also, check
the battery terminals and the battery cable ends.... Wire brush them...
If they are not shiny they might not be making a good enough contact.

How old is your battery? It might be junk ... not accepting/storing
enough of a charge to start your Amphi. A cheap test... swap the
battery with your other car and see if it starts the Amphi... If Amphi
starts... Does your other car start w/Amphi's battery? (be sure you
connect Amphi's cables correctly... Amphis were originally positive
ground but some have been changed to neg)

Steve
'64 Red

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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 15:36:25 -0000
From: "rmillmanip" <rmillmanip@yahoo.com>
Subject: wont start

Sorry for a basic question but I am new to Amphicars and classic cars
in general.

I have a full battery (charger shows full and lights and blower work)
but when I try and start, it sounds as if too little current is
getting to the starter, it trys to turn over but doesn't quite do it.
Running jumper cables to a car did get it started and it ran great.
But when shut off, the above happens.

What should I check?

Thank you.


Also check the ground strap from the engine / transmission to the frame. The
heavy starting current path goes from the battery to the starter relay through
the starter motor, then through the engine and transmissions and through a strap
to the frame. That's too many joints for me. I would run a heavy battery cable
from an engine bolt directly to the same stud that grounds the battery, greatly
shortening and simplifying the starter current path.

When you "jump start" the Amphi. I'll bet you are connecting the jumper leads to
the engine frame and the battery high side lug. This creates a jump-start
current path that avoids the normal starting current path through the
transmissions and the original ground strap.

Ed
El Cajon, CA USA
67 Rust Guppy


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