So my truck has had problems for the last two weeks or so.
Two Saturdays ago we picked up lumber from the yard, drove it home, and then it would not start. The starter solenoid would not even click. Lights worked, so I ruled out the battery. I replaced the solenoid the next day, and it started. yay!
But then the next morning it would not start again, it would not even click.
So I bought a rebuilt starter, and decided to swap it out this past Saturday.
But, the headers were in the way, and even if I could get the starter out, or take off the headers, I could not get to the third bolt on the starter. I have no idea how you get to it. And then we noticed that the lights were not working. So I tried to jump the battery, and nothing. Tried to charge it, nothing. The battery was purchased a year ago in January 2011.
Two days of trying to return the battery back to Autozone later, I have a new battery. The first store said “yeah, it’s f’d up, we’ll replace it…oh you didn’t buy it? tough shit, the warranty is not transferable.” On a one year old battery. Huh. So I get the info from the guy I bought the truck from, and go to a second store. They think the battery just needs a charge, so 1.5 hours later I leave the store with a charged battery, that is dead by the next morning. So I go back to the first store (it’s closer) and give them the previous owner’s info as if it is mine and they swap it out. Although it’s a red one and not a gold one. Whatever. At least I have a new battery. Get back home, install it, still get no click.
So I get it towed to the mechanic.
They replaced the ignition, and messed around with the wiring, and now it works.
But they didn’t replace the starter like I asked them to, and they didn’t inspect it, like I asked them to do. So I’m happy, but annoyed.