Alright everyone, heres the issue. My 92 auto that I swapped to manual is having stating problems. I sorta threw it all together about a year ago when I got the car and had no issues till about a month ago. Now I'm having starting issues. Every so often turn the key to start and there is the click but no cranking. I threw in a known good starter from my 96 with no change except each time I change starters everything is hunky dory for bout a week then randomly it starts doing the click no start. If I turn the key like 5 times from run to start it finally goes or sometimes just holding the key in the start position does it. It's never left me stranded it always starts, just takes awhile sometimes, but its a **** off cause I feel like a hillbilly"jusa keep turnin tha key shell go".
Things I have done since it started--
-cleaned ignition switch, then got newer ign. switch from junkyard(which looked WAY better inside)
-tried 3 different starter motors although none of them were new, I find it hard to believe they would all do the exact same thing if they had all failed
-changed batteries to known good battery and even tried jumping it
-cleaned connections at bat+- starter +-, ran separate 0gauge + wire to starter + added in a ground wire from starter bolts to body, checked ppf ground jumped solenoid+ to starter+.
no changes noticed after any of these^
It happens randomly about 1 in 5 starts, sometimes hot sometimes when I first go to start on cold mornings, I even tried rocking it in gear thinking the gears arent meshing correctly... I'm thinking it isnt something electrical, in another thread at miata.net someone was mentioning shimming the starter to correct the gear lash, but I havent heard of a single miata that's ever needed that... What do you guys think? has the devil infiltrated and begun manipulating my poor red 1.6?
sidenote- for all i know the transmission could be tweaked, I bought it off a guy who had already pulled it so i have no idea if it was dropped or if anything happened to it, although again everything worked fine for the first year or so.
Thanks again even if you have no input for reading this whole damn thing lol
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