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  1. Wise counsel as always ... you sure you are just a PP? Again, thank you for your help.
  2. So I went back to the airport today and the plane started easily the first time. I flew it from KDVT (Deer Valley) to KIWA (Mesa-Gateway), and then returned and the plane started quickly both times. I agree with @Ragsf15e that I should be aware of a possible Solenoid issue, and will most likely get it checked sooner rather than later, but as for now, seems like the battery was the problem and it is holding a charge, so far.
  3. Wanted to give a little update: I didn't get back to the airport until today. I put the battery on a charger and ensured it was fully charged. I reinstalled it into the plane and attempted to start it and after turning the ignition all the way and pushing in I only got a click. Tried it about four times with just a click and decided to stop. Had Cutter come out and try to jump it so I can determine if it is a battery issue or beyond the batter. After two attempts the propeller turned and everything started up normally. I taxied around the airport and did a complete run-up and then shut down. I decided to try to restart it after the shutdown and it started first time. I am going to go to the airport tomorrow and hopefully it will start normally so I can take it up and run it through some paces. But it seems maybe the battery was just drained down beyond the ability to start. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!!!
  4. Thanks @M20Doc this will be very helpful.
  5. @PT20J @M20Doc @GeeBee Thank you for the information. I will use this to troubleshoot today and hopefully be able to narrow it down to the culprit. It sounds like it would make sense to charge the battery to 100% before putting it back in the plane. Again, VALUABLE information, and I appreciate your time and help.
  6. I assumed the pre-buy in Chandler was done by Frank at Chandler Aviation. He is very thorough and knows Mooneys very well. I totally trust to identify all potential issues during a pre-buy.
  7. Great advice, thank you. I will start with this list and what @Ragsf15e has recommended. I obviously am willing to learn and want to learn to do some more troubleshooting myself, but I know my limitations mechanically. Appreciate your help gentleman, I will report back what I find ... thanks.
  8. Thanks for the description between the different types. Mine would be the the common Mooney one, turn all the way to the right then push in for the start. It is still early (8ish) out here, so I really should run out there but supposed to be doing a honey-do right now, but want to pick Mooney expert brains first. Sounds like the Solenoid that was mentioned and possibly now the Bendix ignition switch.
  9. Actually I just flew it three weeks ago from Phoenix, AZ to Michigan and Ohio and returned - the plane performed tremendously. I try not to let it go more than two weeks flying, so rarely does it go three weeks just sitting. My wife and I were traveling in big sky country, at Glacier National Park for a couple weeks to celebrate 30 years of marriage. So it normally flies regularly.
  10. It sounds like the starter solenoid would make sense - but as I said, I am definitely not a mechanic and do very little wrenching myself because of this lack of knowledge. How would I check to see if the solenoid is the issue?
  11. @orionflt and @carusoam Thanks a million, so far. I will go to the airport tomorrow and double check all of the circuit breakers to verify none has tripped. I didn't "notice" any when I tried to start the other day, but honestly, I could have missed this. Yes, the battery worked to power up the JPI900 and the pre-oiler. The pre-oiler is separate but can be operated with just the battery power when the master switch is on. The pre-oiler pulls a little voltage so do have a tendency to do this prior to pulling the tender, that way it can add a little charge back to the battery while I am finishing the preflight. The pre-oiler definitely worked both times, just like normal. The next steps unfortunately were silent. I didn't hear any vibrator or tuning - completely quiet.
  12. Ordinary, turn to both magnetos and the prop starts to turn.
  13. As much as I wish it weren't so, I suspect you might be right. Any ideas as to what a non mechanic could do to test or check?
  14. Brian, wouldn't the battery tester have identified that? I know he has the negative on the negative terminal, etc. and it ready strong?
  15. @carusoam Thanks for asking the clarification ... - I am not sure about whether the battery drained or not - will a battery tender, with the very low charging cause it to drain? When I put the plane away three weeks ago the battery was strong, I just have a practice of putting the tender on it because of the heat inside my hangar in Phoenix, I want to ensure the battery stays strong. I also forgot to mention, this battery is fairly new as I installed just this last April. So I am not sure if it ever drained at all, or if the tender has a built in security system that prevents dummies like me doing what I did? - I never charged the battery after I realized it wouldn't start the plane. I took it out of the plane, as is, and the charge seems to be good. - I never had a full battery charger on the battery only the little tender trickle charger. I did turn on the master when I first arrived at the airport and checked my lights and ran the pre-oiler, all seemed normal. After the preflight I went through my normal procedures with I used the pre-oiler a second time, it put 41 pounds pressure on the oil system, like normal, but when I turned the magnetos, nada, zippo ... - The Auto parts store seemed to think the battery was strong and something down stream must be causing it to not start. Thoughts? (from a non-A&P/IA, but awesome pilot)??
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