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Need Help FAST: Starter Issues by codex653
Started on: 05-17-2014 08:29 PM
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Last post by: codex653 on 05-17-2014 10:51 PM
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Ok so my starter blew the other day while filling up with gas and had to have some friends come push me so I could pop the clutch and start the engine manually. I've spent the past two days trying to get this thing back up and running again but nothing I do seems to be working! I replaced the starter (twice) thinking I just got a bad one, made sure it had the proper gapping between the gears, changed the high current power wiring to 2 gauge and cleaned all electrical terminals with a wire brush, did a voltage drop test from the battery to the starter (drop of 0.7 volts when cranking), had my battery tested to make sure it wasn't dead or dying, and even made sure to try and charge the battery from another car for an hour before trying to start it again. MY CAR STILL WON'T START. At least in normal conditions anyways. One ridiculous quirk I found is that I could get the engine to turn over and start when I had the back end of the car raised up on jack stands. It turned over with a little bit of grunting and then the engine would roar to life. But then as soon as I lower the car back on to all 4 wheels, all I get is a rapid clicking noise from the starter solenoid. Raise it again and you could make it start.

What the heck is going on here??? Is there something I've missed or that I could check? I REALLY need this car to be working for my job this summer.
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Report this Post05-17-2014 08:32 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jakejosephSend a Private Message to jakejosephEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I'm guessing that your ground strap is intermittent.
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Originally posted by jakejoseph:

I'm guessing that your ground strap is intermittent.


By ground strap do you mean the big fat ground cable that comes directly off the battery and bolts into the engine block? As far as I know the starter is grounded through the engine block, yes?
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Originally posted by codex653:


By ground strap do you mean the big fat ground cable that comes directly off the battery and bolts into the engine block? As far as I know the starter is grounded through the engine block, yes?


yes it is, just where is yours bolted to the block? if it is bolted to a accessory mount make sure the accessory mount is clean and those bolts are tight as well if it is just grounded to anywhere else. make sure everything is clean between both ends of the ground at the battery and the block.

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One ridiculous quirk I found is that I could get the engine to turn over and start when I had the back end of the car raised up on jack stands.


Is it even remotely possible, that the car is stuck in gear? That might explain it.
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Is it even remotely possible, that the car is stuck in gear? That might explain it.


Nah I really don't think so...I haven't been having any issues at all with shifting before everything broke, and I can still feel the gears shift in and out when messing with the stick. The rear wheels also spin freely :P
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Whelp, I ran out of daylight. Time to finish up with the grounding checks tomorrow and see how it runs.

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