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Old 05-04-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default 1997 SC starting issue

Hi, was hoping for some advice for my daughters car. It's a 1997 SC2 1.9 DOHC Auto Tran, 145k. We are having an intermittent starting issue. When it first started, it was only when the car was warm, we would turn the key, all the lights would come on, but no crank. I took it to the shop and they replaced tha starter and everything was working great for about 6 months. Then about a week ago, when she tried starting it early in the morning to go to work, it did it again. She turned the key, got lights, but no crank, not even a click. I came out and it started right up for me. Now this morning, same thing but it wouldn't start for me this time. The key turns fine, all the lights come on, but no crank. I read some posts on a nuetral safety switch, so I tried it in nuetral, no luck. After turning it on and trying then off, I hear clicking from the right rear, so I am assuming the fuel pump is fine. Any advice before I take it to the shop? I called them and they seemed a little unsure and wanted to be sure it was not working before they do anything. I'd like to give them some of your expert advice based upon any history with this. With my luck, after a $75 tow, it will start when it gets there.

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Old 05-04-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Start with the basics - battery, battery cables, their connections and then the starter. Is the battery less than 4yrs old and has it been tested under a load to determine its capacity as it get older? Are the battery cables clean and free of corrosion? Assuming the starter was replaced(?) leaves the battery and cables suspect. The starter requires the most current and unless the battery and cables are capable of carrying the welding currents needed to power a starter, you'll encounter the same scenario with lights on with sometimes a loud click or nothing. The extra capacity of any battery and the large gauge battery cables are for carrying the large currents needed to run starters.

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Old 05-04-2009, 04:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, all checked, brand new battery and new cables. The shop did it this afternoon. Of course, when i got home, it started fine so they have it and are really waiting on it to do "it" again, so it's a waiting game.

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Type of new starter? Some "New" startes are just bebuilt and sometimes dont last long at all.

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Type of new starter? Some "New" startes are just bebuilt and sometimes dont last long at all.
Prob rebuilt, it was $180 installed.

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