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last winter, my truck was taking hard starts in the morning like it was cranking real slow, but it always started on the first try which is wierd. anyways, i put a new battery in and it's been fine all year up until now and its doing the same thing again. if i start it again after running for 10 minutes, no problem. must not be the battery unless the cranking amps arent high enough? possibly the alternator or starter?

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Check your battery voltage.
If it's below 12.6 before you start it thats way to low.
Start it up and check it again, you want to see 13.5- 14.7 volts or so. If you do it's the battery that's giving you trouble.
However if you have 13.2 volts or so before starting check the starter draw, it may be killing your battery.

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You might want to check the cleanliness of the connections as well. Dirty connections are high resistance and will not allow sufficient current to reach the starter to crank the way you are expecting.

Have the battery load tested at the outfit that sold it to you.
 

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check the contacts inside your starter as well. They're easy to replace if needs be and only cost a few dollars. They're little copper "L" shaped contacts. They're usually worn on a lot of older trucks. I had the same problem with mine last year.

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terminals on the battery are spotless. i'll get back to you on the others...

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bear with me here, i'm mechanically retarded....
the starter is connected directly to the positive terminal on the battery and is located near the transmission, correct?

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dont forget to check to see if you have good grounds
there is one on the back of the head - body and one by the passenger side motor mount engine - frame - body - battery ground
 
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