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1991 Dodge Ram 350 won't start. Making grinding noise


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Zachm
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May 8, 2021, 1:57 PM

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1991 Dodge Ram 350 won't start. Making grinding noise Sign In

My Dodge Ram 350 Camper van has been sitting all winter, and when it came time to start...it wouldn't. The battery seemed dead so I tried to boost it. It started last night, but the second I removed the booster it shut off. Now it won't start and just makes this sound. Please help!

https://youtube.com/shorts/DYSnfszkSvw


(This post was edited by Zachm on May 8, 2021, 2:03 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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May 8, 2021, 2:09 PM

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Re: 1991 Dodge Ram 350 won't start. Making grinding noise Sign In

The van's battery is toast even if you can charge it with a charger. If cold enough where it is it even might have frozen a maybe that cracks some.
What you are hearing is it's now drawing so much current boosting it isn't going to work again.
You may have gotten away with this before but you really can't just park something that long lots of things but batteries can't take that. If you must or car leave a "charger-maintainer" on it and run it anyway now and then off season even better. Otherwise remove the battery(s) it has for off season still put them on that mentioned device,


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Zachm
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May 8, 2021, 2:13 PM

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Ok, so it should just need a new battery? That's fine with me. I should have removed that battery at the same time I removed the one I use for accessories. Oh well, live and learn. I was worried it might be something like the starter or a busted flywheel.


Tom Greenleaf
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May 8, 2021, 2:33 PM

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Re: 1991 Dodge Ram 350 won't start. Making grinding noise Sign In

Not busted flywheel. Batteries can't take that. Some may now and then. At least disconnect negative NOW - today! It's doing no good to anything being there.

Brace for hold-down parts to bust if rusty or not lubed at last battery job. PB now if it takes time not to bust it's worth it brackets, hidden nuts in body IDK how it's done in this.

Just get a jumper box not use another vehicle - it's the way today and has been. If you are in this thing off season can hook just that up to turn on some interior light of a camper as wanted.

Side topic same issue: Was driving by a packed NEW CAR DEALER with acres of cars and a team of workers all carrying jumping boxes the cars/trucks so old and just sat may need new batteries if they sell them in no time!

Easy Winter for me lowest it got was -4F is warmer than the worst where I am. Done with seasonal + recreational stuff but was once now would just be another PITA to care for I have too much other stuff to do,

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