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Starting problems especialy when cold

Starter motor acts like the battary is low had bat tested with a load meter on and it stayed a constant 10 .0 volts is this enough to start a 2.2td 1995 toyota lucida.(diesel)

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  • allan_tate Dec 29, 2008

    trying a new battary see if this makes a diferance thanks for your answer


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It seems a little bit low allan normely its around 12 / 13 volts with it being a diesel as well there a bit harder to start

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