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| Originally posted by Ding@Sep 21 2004, 08:48 PM |
Ok so the car started just fine all day and always has. Started up just great drove down the road like 1/2 a mile then turned it off and talked to my friend. Then it just wouldn't turn over, doesn't act like its even telling the starter to move, whats wrong, i can drop the clutch and starts it just fine. so pissed right now.
| Originally posted by El Presidente@Sep 21 2004, 09:00 PM |
Engine ran for short time. Heat from engine, heat from start, and usually ambient heat made it not have enough current to start.
| Originally posted by Gator@Sep 22 2004, 08:07 AM |
Before doing a lot of troubleshooting, do yourself a favor check the battery or better yet temporarily swap the battery with one from another vehicle. Batteries can completely short out internally at any time and even jumping won't supply current between the terminals. If a different battery doesn't slove the problem, you can begin looking at the starter, ground calbe etc.
| oes this occur when the car is really hot, or the outside temp is really high or after the car has run for a while in the warmer months and then sit for up to about a 20 minutes? if you can answer yes to these questions it is something called heat soak which means your starter is so damn hot AND the windings or other internal components are in less than perfect shape, and this with the combined heat raises the resistance in the windings to the ppint where their is not enough current to turn that puppy over. All of this assumes healthy battery though. The heat soak occurs even on a perfectly good starter, but if your battery is in good condition there is still enough current to turn the starter... |
| Originally posted by El Presidente@Sep 22 2004, 10:25 AM |
I was hoping you (and others) would take hint and search.
| Originally posted by Gator@Sep 23 2004, 06:47 AM |
You get the clicking noise when your battery has enough juice to engage the solenoid, but not enough to turn the starter. Like El P. said check your battery.
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