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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2000, 09:10 AM
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Sami Starting Problems

Last nite I tried to start my 88 sami, well it started to turn over and then it stopped. I tried to turn the key again and nothing. I checked the connections and nothing looks out of the ordinary. I pulled the starter and tried to jump it off the battery to see if it would turn and nothing. Battery is checking out good. The weird thing is when I turn the key over I can hear a noise that sounds like something is arching, but I can't find anything. Is there a relay that can go bad. Also is there a clutch cancel switch. Could it be the starter and can you repair the contacts in the starter. Thanks

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2000, 09:29 AM
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Re: Sami Starting Problems

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check the wire going to your starter. This is a common problem- the wire frays and gets corroded,losing ability to crank. Occasionally i had to jiggle the wire right at the connection to the starter and it would turn over.The wire finally came off last weekend and put a new connector on, and have not had a problem since.HTH.

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Here's what I've found to be wrong with starters, in order, over the years....

Trigger wire falls off.
Bad ground (even though it looks good)
Bad positive connection ("" "" "" )
Fusible link goes bad (get rid of the stupid thing anyway)
Bad solenoid in starter
Bad starter (either if these last two means you're buying a new starter).

Check all your connections first and go from there. It usually is a bad power/ground lead. Sounds like you're handy enough to have pulled your own starter for some diagnosis, so you should be able to figure it out.

Keep in mind that a starter motor/solenoid doesn't have to go bad all at once. It can work intermittently before it finally fails.



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Re: Sami Starting Problems

Does the ground wire have to connect to the starter, or can I put it somewhere else on the engine. There is about 10 pounds of grease oil under there and I think that might be it. What/where is this fuseable link? Thanks.

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Re: Sami Starting Problems

Had the same problem, pulled the starter and got it tested at Auto Zone, it was ok. checked, rechecked all wires to starter, fusable link ect. cussed kicked and screamed, got to looking around and the ground wire from the back of the distributer to the firewall was the cause. replaced it and it started up fine.

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Re: Sami Starting Problems

If you pulled the starter out the engine and jumped it with a
battery and it didn't turn over that way. Dont' ya think that the
starter is bad.


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I used the cable from the battery to the starter, then a flathead to try and jump it, I got nothing so I am going to check all the wiring. Where is the clutch start switch located? I didn't see one.

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The clutch lockout switch should be located up under the dash
near or on the clutch pedal arm.


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