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Date Posted:18/05/2013 11:38:17Copy HTML

Hi Greg, what battery should i be putting on this truck - the old battery has disappeared so i am not sure.

Thanks

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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 05:09:53Copy HTML

125amp hour 720 amp which is type 647 but you need to make sure the terminals are the correct way round for your vehicle.
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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 05:11:39Copy HTML

Oh its a dodge 100 isn't it, you might need two and check its not 24volt, if it is you will need two of them inline to make up 24volt.
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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 05:44:05Copy HTML

Hi Greg,

Sorry i missed your mail, yes it is but it's not 24V.


Looks like i have the correct battery anyway - but it still only turns over a couple of times and the click, click as if the battery is no man enough for the job.


 

will jumping off the car help - i have done this in the passed when the tacho drains the battery.

I wasnt sure if there was something more serious wrong - i have a video but cant upload it - send it to you if it will help.


 

Cheers, Gary

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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 05:52:32Copy HTML

id give the battery a good charge, it might have been sitting in the shop for a while, and many manufacturers now arent so keen on charging them quiet as much and as often as they should.

i would have thought that it would be man enough for the job.  have you made sure the terminals are clean on the battery, and on the starter.


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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 06:19:31Copy HTML

Check all the connections on the starter and any earths, as mike suggested clean the battery terminals and give the battery a good long slow charge. Also what condition is the engine oil in, if old it might be too thick.
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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 06:32:02Copy HTML

Oh and jumping from a car is only ok if the battery in the truck is low but good condition, if it is knackered it might try to pull too much from the car and damage its battery, maybe.
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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 06:46:49Copy HTML

Cheers Guys, some good advice.

i have cleaned the terminals and scrapped them to new metal so we have good contact.

The earth strapping might be an issue but i took a jump lead from the battery direct to the chassis with no real change.

i will check the starter connections (if i can find it).

Oil - yes will be old but would this stop the motor from turning, given enough juice?

Batteries new so i think i will try the extra push from jump starting (if i can get close enough)

Cheers,

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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:18/05/2013 08:26:16Copy HTML

 Yes the oil can slow the engine down when turning over if it is very sludgy, had this happen on a dodge 50.

BUT the clicking you mention sounds like either a bad contact or a dodgy solenoid , one way to check it is to get someone to turn the ignition over and you knock it (the solenoid) with a lump of wood, if it then turns over its the solenoid at fault.

A dodgy connection could be an earth from starter to chassis or one of the connections on the solenoid, also check the connection between the solenoid and the starter motor.

Remember ALWAYS disconnect the battery before tightening  / checking connections.

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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:19/05/2013 08:14:49Copy HTML

Hi all,

found something wierd, it was stuck in gear, so by turning it over it was trying to move forward.

dropping the clutch had no effect, the result was the same, the box did feel strange but it was getting her started first thoughts.

we took the propshaft off and she started first time! air pressures up, oil etc. sounded just like it did 4 years ago but................

we put the propshaft back on, starts up ok, but cant get any of the gears. Cable appears to be working ok on the clutch.

Turn the engine off and you can move up and down the box (mainly R, 3rd and 4th, 1st/2nd now seem to be off).

Any ideas what's going on here,

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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:22/05/2013 05:41:27Copy HTML

 sounds like the clutch plate is stuck to the clutch cover, might need to remove the gearbox to fix this, or force it to release, a tow start might release it. Not sure if there will be an inspection slot to see into the clutch, some gear box's have them, sometimes you can get a thin bit of metal like a wall paper scraper in and force it between the clutch plate and cover.

thats wot i reckon.
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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:30/05/2013 05:53:33Copy HTML

 To release the stuck friction plate you could try running her up to full working temp (takes a while with no load :( ) then might as well try starting in gear with clutch down otherwise wedge the clutch pedal down overnight. Next day. try and start it in gear with clutch down, if not warm up and try again. Try repeating the whole thing.

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Re:Battery for my Dodge Commando horsebox

Date Posted:30/05/2013 11:33:32Copy HTML

no put on axel stands start it rev the fuck out of it dip clutch then slam on the brakes
works every time
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