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    Tb42e starting problems

    Hey all hey ya goin,
    Ok we'll my 4.2 petrol injected patrol is starting to play up.. Just came back from a trip away n she ran fine no dramas at all with alot of frequent on and off starting.. Now I got home I started it n it didn't want to turn over tried it for a few seconds n no go than tried again n it started went for a drive turned it off n back again no worrys.. Tried it again next day same problem but got it started n it was fine to turn off n on when I went down the shops.. Any suggestions to what be causing it to really struggle to start.. Had no problems at all with starting it before.. Thanks in advance

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    Tb42e starting problems

    Bit hard to tell from your description, does it sound/feel like an engine problem or an electrical issue?


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    Well it runs fine just won't kick over when I try to start it.. Sounds like maybe engine because it just sounds like its struggling

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    Did you play in any mud/water on your trip?

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    Na was a real soft trip but maybe a week or two before there was a pretty deep bog hole of mud I had to go through.. But no dharma's for 2 weeks after that..

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    If your engine is not turning over fast enough when cranking.

    I would start by checking and cleaning the battery terminals, also check the main earth connection to the engine and power connection to the starter motor.

    A good indication of a bad connection is heat, so after you have tried to start it a couple of times have a feel of the connections.

    Also check your battery, most auto electricians or battery suppliers will do this test for free or you could try connecting a jumper battery.

    If all the above are ok, you more then likely have a problem with your starter motor.

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    Check your battery voltage, anything less than 12v and I'd be looking at a new one. While running should be around 14 volts. I'd be checking cable connections for corrosion and poor contact, bad earths usually cause poor starter performance. Failing that, starter solenoid/starter motor could be on its way out.

    Edit, already mentioned, doh.

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    Ok thanks you heaps for your advice ill try all of that tomorrow and let you know how I go.. Thanks again

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    Any tips on cleaning corroded battery terminals..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJsGQ View Post
    Any tips on cleaning corroded battery terminals..?

    Bicarb soda (baking soda) mixed with hot water, helps to neutralise the acid and corrosion. Make sure to give the area a good wash down with running water afterwards.

    You will also need to remove the battery terminal and give them a good clean, both the terminals and battery posts.

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