GQ Patrol Slow Starting when Hot, OK Cold

Submitted: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:11
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Mate and I and our partners are going on a big trip, Mates Patrol starts easily when cold. After the vehicle gets warm, if he stops the motor when he tries to restart it, the starter turns the motor at less than half the speed compared to when the engine is cold.

His patrol has done around 320,000Kms as a Cruiser driver I have had no experience with Patrols, but it seems to me that it could be a dry joint some where. He has replaced the earth strap from his battery. I am going to check the earth strap to his engine, if I can find it.

He does not seem concerned, his vehicle has never let him down. I do not want this to be the first time.

Comments appreciated

Peter
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:31

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:31
sounds like it is time for a starter overhaul.
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Reply By: Horacehighroller - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:34

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:34
Use your jumper leads to connect battery to engine & battery to starter solonoid - if the starting is no better then you haven't wasted time un-necessarily removing/cleaning contacts.
(Make sure jumper lead contacts the battery post, not just over the battery clamp.)

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:36

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:36
Had an old cruiser in the workshop a while ago, that showed same problem.Sent starter away for check but all was ok with it.I then put a jumper cable from battery to engine(earth strap) and it started like new, cranked flat out every time.
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:43

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 18:43
Thanks,
Where do I find the engine earth strap on the GQ?

Peter
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 19:01

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 19:01
It does not have one
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Follow Up By: kiwicol - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 16:56

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 16:56
92 GQ has an earth strap from the thermostat housing bolt to the bolt holding the air cleaner housing. I felt it wasnt big enough so added an extra strap from each of my batterys to the engine, over kill may be. Col
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Reply By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 19:09

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 19:09
Hi Peter,

I had the same problem with my Troopy, turned out to be the battery on its way out.

Cheers,
Dennis

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Follow Up By: Member - BUNDY BOY (WA) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 19:52

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 19:52
May just be a lazy starter motor . mine did the same ages ago ,needs a relay to boost current.to starter.....just a thought

Bundy
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Reply By: Nutta - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 20:03

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 20:03
I had an old crossflow 6 falcon that used to do the same thing, i put new heavy duty battery leads on it and that solved it, may or maynot be the case with the patrol.

Cheers Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 20:32

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 20:32
sounds like the starter is poling, time for a rebuild
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 05:43

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 05:43
Peter
Before you replace anything, just remove the earth strap, scratch an area around the bolt, clean the strap, and try this.
Or you can just earth the battery to the engine, direct, and see what happens.
Cheers
Bucky
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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 17:48

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 17:48
Thanks for all your reples will follow up with my mate

Peter
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