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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK, it's happened, it won't start now. Not won't turn over, doesn't evern get to anything electrical. If I try to jump it, let it charge for a few mins, it gives me the buzzing sound, and then gives one click and dies.
I tried popping the clutch, and that didn't help.
Could it be the starter and/or coil ?
Battery?
anything else?
Yes, there is a gas in it, the last time it ran, which was about 3 days ago, it had a little over 1/4 of a tank.
We got snow for the first time last night, but it didn't get that cold out.

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Re: Won\'t start

sounds like the battery or the starter try a new battery first if it starts then have the alternator checked that might be what killed the battery and if the new battery dont help than it probably is the starter

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Ditto on the battery/starter/alternator. All are easily pulled and can be checked at your local parts store. Be wary. It could be a combination of 2 or 3. I once had the starter and alt die within a month of each other. I think the starter shorted out so bad that it damaged the alternator somehow.

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sounds like an excuse to replace them. I was hoping to put in one of thoose 160 amp alternators. But budget may stop that. Local parts store tests for free so that will be a plus.
Thanks all for the help, i'll keep posting on how it goes.

Why did this have to happen right before x-mas?

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The easiest things to check, in this order, would probably be: battery, charge it and make sure it holds 12.6 volts, if not replace it, next the soleniod can be checked for proper functioning, if that is not working then you need to replace it, then the starter. It's probably not the alternator, if the Jp can't be jumped or popped. i would concentrate on the wiring and components leading up to the starter. Good luck.
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As my luck would have it, I cannot find my repair bbook righ6t now. So, battery removal is easy, how hard is it to find the stater soleniod?
i'm want to take as much as I can to the part store for tesitng in one shot.

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Update:
I just got back from the parts store. Battery held the 12.6 @ 500 amps w/o a problem, and when we tested the soleniod/starter, that kicked over just fine. Nice setup they have there, a real time saver.
He suggested at this point it's either the battery wires/connections or the starter on the firewall.
So I'm probably going to take the chance to redo the wiring in there and put a new starter on it.

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uhm....get an Optima!
Is it a Mitsubishi Starter? If it is, get a hammer and bang it a couple times. I heard this trick, and didnt think it worked, then I tried it out at Pismo on a frinds Commanche, and it started right up after not starting for two hours!


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Veitcha, I had a similar problem yesterday. The battery held a load just fine and the starter tested fine on their bench. Hooked the starter directly to my battery while on their bench via jumper cables and it would barely spin. Replaced starter. Check it. The hammer solution works also.

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don't skimp on the battery. you have cold weather and snow. that can kick a$$ on a tired battery. how old is the battery? did you have the alternator checked? pep boys can put it on their tester- you have to take it off and take it in- free to test. BUT a new battery would start it and then check alt. make SURE the batt cables are CLEAN. and the wires to starter are tight. BATTERY

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