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So I've been scouring the internet, this forum, and so many others looking for images of what a stock 1985 22re engine bay looks like! I just can't Find ANYTHING that helps me. On top of not being able to diagnose why my motor decided to just stop starting. It isn't the battery, that hovers between 12.4-13.5 amps on my meter, the starter is brand spanking new, and idk, guess it could be the alternator?? It turns on all the lights, things like that, it starts when I jump it, but even after letting it idle in my drive for 15 min or so, she still doesn't start after I shut it off. IM BUMMED

My alternator is pretty disgusting looking, as there is evidence from the previous owners mismanagment of an oil leak. so I'm hoping it's not the cause of the failure. It was running just fine until I parked it, and took the whole house apart. (didn't expect that, it just had to happen once I realized the level of rot I had gotten myself into).

 

ALL IN ALL, I'm just looking for some folks to maybe share what their engine bay's look like from 1985 that haven't been all modified to heck like the internet likes to show me. The Hayes Manual isn't really helpful, and I'm waiting for my chilton to come in the mail.

 

DETAIL ON STARTING ISSUE:

All lights come on, but not A/C or Heater... I don't have a stereo so I can't do the AM radio check.

Once I go to turn it over I hear a single click and a high pitched sound for the length of my cranking on the ignition.

When I Jump it with my cute lil turbo engine soul, it kicks right up all the blowers work, there isn't any weird squealing sound. 

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Check you mass airflow sensor. Electric connection near air filter. If dirty or not connected well truck won't start. 

Linda

Oh missed the part about it starting with a jump. I got nothing except for maybe dirty grounds

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I agree with Linda, it sounds like your battery connections aren't the best. The alternator would have nothing to do with whether or not it starts, assuming the battery is charged. The alternator only keeps it charged. How about you put some pics of your engine compartment up for the forum to see. Maybe someone will see something weird. The 22re engine doesn't take a lot of energy to crank, so I'd focus on basic stuff like clean terminals and good grounds.

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All though the starters are designed to operate down to 10 volts weak batteries voltage will nose dive quickly under load. The other side of this is the forgotten negative side of the equation the starter needs a good ground and that does not mean just at the battery it is a high current demand that may have little effect on small current loads lights etc. 

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