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2510 electrical problem

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05-09-2020 10:58:27

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I put a diesel engine in my 2510 (it was gas originally). The starter would hardly crank at all. Figured it was because it was the gas starter so I put a rebuilt diesel starter on. Tried and still have the same issue.

When I first turn the key on, the dash warning lights come on. I push the starter button, I get a click, then the dash lights go out and then nothing. After a while it'll let me try again, but with same results. Figure its the circuit breaker tripping.

I had gotten the wires hot when I put 1 alternator wire on wrong. A few wires in the switch wiring harness looked semi-
melted. All the wiring is original anyway, figure why not and I replaced the switch harness, key switch and circuit breaker. I cleaned up the connections at all these points too.

Tried again today after replacing all that and get exact same result.

Turn on key, warning lights on, hit starter button, get a click at the starter then dash lights off and can't try anymore for a while, like the breaker tripped.

What do I check next? I'm stumped.

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05-09-2020 16:03:32

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 Re: 2510 electrical problem in reply to JL2510, 05-09-2020 10:58:27  
When working with those cables. The best place for the negative ground cable is under a starter mounting bolt. instead of somewhere on the chassis.

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05-09-2020 13:16:10

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 Re: 2510 electrical problem in reply to JL2510, 05-09-2020 10:58:27  
Pulled the starter back off and cleaned where it mounts and the connection again. Then it would at least crank long enough for my to put my voltmeter on the battery while cranking. Showed 12.5 volts sitting there but dropped to 6 when cranking. Stole a battery out of my truck and that did the trick!

That battery was only 2 years old!

Thanks guys!

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05-09-2020 12:42:05

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 Re: 2510 electrical problem in reply to JL2510, 05-09-2020 10:58:27  
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X2 on dead battery or corroded/loose battery cable connection

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05-09-2020 11:12:06

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 Re: 2510 electrical problem in reply to JL2510, 05-09-2020 10:58:27  
Dead battery or bad cable connections.

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