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Registered: ‎06-12-2018

2011 300hp etec slow cranking

300 etec is slow cranking will not start when cold on one battery need to have both on, "all" for engine to start. 1 battery is brand new the other is load tested good at 800cca. Both batteries have 12.6 -12.7 volts. used voltmeter getting good voltage at all connections in start circuit, measured voltage drop across solenoid posts at .5 volts on one battery, .2 volts on my new battery, engine started but slow,. Is my solenoid going bad?


thanks for any advice

Posts: 7,118
Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 2011 300hp etec slow cranking

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Cranking over slowly is from either a weak starter or insufficient amperage from the battery or through faulty cables and connections.


Connect a digital voltmeter to the posts (not the cables) to one battery and use only that battery to attempt to start the motor. If the battery voltage drops below 10 volts while cranking, the battery is either discharged or weak.


If the individual batteries check out at 10 volts, then perform a voltage drop test of both the positive side of the starter and the ground side.  Your dealer is best equipped to do this.




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Posts: 148
Registered: ‎08-20-2017

Re: 2011 300hp etec slow cranking

The .2 volt drop across the solenoid is normal, .5 is high. Voltage drop from battery positive post to starter positive post should be less than .7 volts. Ground side drop should be .5 volts or less.