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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2000, 12:15 PM
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That Ol\' Starter Hesitation

Hello All,
A friend's Samurai has started doing the 'ol starter hesitation thing. He said he pulled the small wire off & cleaned the connection but no help. Battery & cables are good. I could wire him a relay to throw 12v to the solenoid, but I was wondering Exactly what is wrong when this situation occurs? (I've looked for FAQ's on this to no avail)

Tim J
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2000, 01:05 PM
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Re: That Ol\' Starter Hesitation

Hey Tim,
It could be that the pads on your ignition switch are either corroded or have carbon arc buildup. I have been trying to eliminate anything that can break or leave me stranded in my zuki. That is why I have wired a button under my dash to a waterproof relay under the hood going to the starter. It also acts as a simple theft device. Just a thought.....


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post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2000, 04:27 PM
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Re: That Ol\' Starter Hesitation

I have a 1987 stock zuk which has a five way relay under the hood as follows-
- batt
wire bundle
starter solenoid

I have burned out two of the things when cleaning out under my hood. One answer is for me never to use water under the hood, and another is always to keep a spare $9 relay.

But how might I waterproof the relay? Will it overheat if I seal/cover it with silicone? Or will it jump between terminals?

Your advice appreciated.

Thanks, Jack

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-30-2000, 06:34 PM
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Re: That Ol\' Starter Hesitation

Things I've had to replace through the years to fix starter woes, all have worked at some point.

Replaced positive cable even though it looks fine.
Replaced negative cable which worked one time.
Replaced starter a couple times (solenoid is integrated unfortunately)
Replaced ignition switch.
Banged on starter with wrench.
Replaced female end on starter trigger wire when it got too loose and slimy at one point.
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