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Old 08-11-2007, 10:30 AM   #1
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Guys,
Just looking for some help with a starting issue.

The problem is that sometimes I get the solenoid click sound (and fuel pump) but no start. Some times i have to try 2-3 times other times it could be 20x. Needless to say this is getting kind of annoying now.
I think I read somewhere this is a common problem? I am unsure if it is related to a kill switch I installed over the winter or if it is related to something else.

Any ideas on what to look into or what the common problem is exactly would be appreciated, I will probably head outside soon to bypass that kill switch to see if that makes a difference. but thanks again for any ideas.
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Old 08-11-2007, 02:29 PM   #2
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well it could be your ignition switch as well, I know that I had this issue recently in my 97' and when I changed my ignition switch the issue went away. However every once in a while i have to turn the key two or three times as opposed to how it was before where it would start anywhere between the first try and 20 tries.
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I would check the ignition switch and pull and replace the starter have the old one tested if ti is good keep it for a spare with the age we have on our cars it is good insurance. + a starter is less than 100$
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Old 08-11-2007, 07:31 PM   #4
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whatever, forget the switches. it's 99.99% the starter bendix unit is worn out. go find a cheap starter with a lifetime warranty from the local parts shop.
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:25 AM   #5
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This happened to me, replaced the ignition switch with a cleaned, regreased switch. Still happens occasionally, only takes < 5 times before it starts, next up is the starter, I figure it's worn and time to go, just too lazy to replace it myself since I don't have a garage.
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I had a sticking solenoid (bendix drive) on my cheap lifetime warranty starter. When the key was turned, you'd get a clicking like the battery was dead and then in a couple of seconds the solenoid would actuate and the starter gear would engage. Then car would then start right up. Rough on the gears.
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Sounds like the starter to me.
I have both a good starter and ignition switch if needed.
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Thanks for the help guys, I guess I was lucky, I disconnected the kill switch and everything was fine again. Looks like the wire i originally used was too thin :gay:

anyway used some nice 12 gauge and all is good...
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I had a similar problem too. I also assumed it was the starter and swapped it out to find out it still did it. Turned out one terminal of my "S2000" start button wiring/ignition switch wiring had melted a little (long story short...don't take your car to state inspections, they may try to load test it on the front wheels. *******.).
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