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My 1983 dodge prospector van takes forever to turn over and drains the battery almost every time I attempt to start it but once it is started everything runs perfectly fine. It did catch fire a couple months ago and I've only used it 5 times at the most since then, don't know if that could have something to do with this problem. I know it isn't the battery or alternator because I've checked those, so what could be causing it to have trouble starting?

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Make sure the terminals on both the battery terminals(both the bolt and surfaces of the wire(s) and bolts/posts), alternator post and wire providing the power to the battery. If your vehicles starter post on the solenoid is corroded or excess resistance or the starter has a bad ground could cause the same kind of problem.

Not starting right away could be fuel related (plug a pressure gauge into the test port near the manifold and monitor the pressure after you start. Do you hear the fuel pump come on when you first turn the ignition to 'on', it would sound like a hum noise.)

A cheap tip is clean your throttle body (check both sides of your air filter while your at it) by removing your air intake boot etc and where it connects to is the throttle body. Use your one hand to pull the leaver to open the 'butterfly' and look in to see if there is black or grime build up and that and both sides of the butterfly is what you will clean. It will also assists in freeing your accelerator pedal from sticking. It can also severely plug and affect your Idle Control Valve and port. You would clean it with brake cleaner (it works on everything) and a brass/copper brush that fit into the area. Be aware of the fine wires or resistors on the Mass Air Flow (MAF) Gauge that is between the air filter and throttle body and part of your air intake boot too. Make sure there are no holes and cracks in the boot and intake area where UN-metered air can enter. Vacuum leaks could be causing poor starting issues. That can be done with a propane tank hose or nozzle point at the intake openings and listen for engine RPM changes. Also check the positive crankcase check valve (PCV valve) for sticking open, which can cause starting issues and deposit grime into the throttle body unnecessarily.

Check your battery voltage for a minimum resting voltage of 12.6V with the car off and before you try to start it. Then once you start know that the alternator is putting out at least between 14.4 and 14.6V which will refresh your battery for taking care of excess loads and for starting the next time. Anything lower than 12.6 (right after with the car off) should be looked into(charging system or bad cell) which will affect starting and cause excess amps to be drawn.

All these things can be done very cheaply and only cost you the can of brake cleaner . Since you mentioned that once it starts its fine .

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if you van has a security system in it, it could be causing this problem. they usually disable the starter circuit. Paul has listed good places to start. but if they don't fix it do this: when your trying to start but its not working have some one check voltage at the starter. there are 3 points to check 1: where battery cable connects 2: where starter connects to solenoid 3: small wire that operates solenoid. if there is voltage at all three point replace starter it has a shorted / open spot on armature. voltage at 1 and 3 but not 2 replace solenoid. voltage at 1 but not at 3 and you have already checked the items Paul identified check wiring between neutral safety switch and solenoid.

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The most probable cause for this is a an intermittent problem with the Starter solenoid and/or starter.

When the car does not respond to turning the ignition key on can you hear a click from under the hood?

If you can that is the starter solenoid trying to turn on the starter motor. I would say the starter needs to be replaced.

If you cannot hear anything, then the solenoid ( which is just a relay) is probably bad.

I just replaced my startere on my F150, starter & solenoid come as a unit.... cost about $125.

Hopes this helps good luck Loringh

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