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Old 09-28-2006, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default 95 SL1 won't crank - odd symptoms?

Hi everyone, I have searched for archives but haven't found the same problem as described below. Any help would be much appreciated.

1995 SL1 (automatic); 206,000km, no a/c.

Symptoms:
-Engine will not turn-over / crank
-When key was turned to 'start', dash lights and accessories came on, temporarily, then went out.
-Strange pulsing sound then started coming from in the dash (behind air vents) - key was out ignition; oddly this stopped when I put my foot on the brake. Then a whirring sound occurred for about 5 seconds and stopped
-Waited 20 minutes and tried to restart. Dome light came on when door opened but went out immediately when key was turned (door was still open). No other dash lights/accessories came on this time.
Battery status: 12V

I believe that I have ruled out the Neutral Safety Switch by holding key to start and slowly shifting from P to R to N and back.

Thanks for your help.

Steve

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Old 09-29-2006, 03:34 AM   #2
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Default Re: 95 SL1 won't crank - odd symptoms?

Sounds like a seriously bad connection. To be sure, you'd really need to load test the battery, but if it's reading 12V, it's not likely the culprit. Check the battery connections and cables (to the UHJB, the starter, and ground).

For good measure, check ALL fuses in BOTH fuse boxes, including the big green maxi-fuses in the UHJB.

Welcome. Replace your ECTS. CHECK YOUR DAMN OIL. (You'll know what this all means soon enough.)

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Old 09-29-2006, 08:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: 95 SL1 won't crank - odd symptoms?

test battery voltage while key in start position, does the voltage go down to nothing, if so your battery is low, not enough charge to turn over the starter motor, if the voltage remains unchanged while you're in the start position, then the power is not getting to the starter motor.

a quicker way to do this if you don't have a volt meter, turn your dome light, and see f dimms while you attempt to crank.

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Old 09-29-2006, 04:05 PM   #4
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Default Re: 95 SL1 won't crank - odd symptoms?

Sounds like a bad battery connection

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Default Re: 95 SL1 won't crank - odd symptoms?

Thank you all for your quick replies.
It turned out to be a bad connection at the negative battery terminal.

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