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Old 04-29-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
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Car not starting (Not typical symptoms)

So....
My car is being a bitch and starting.
First thing that happened was push clutch in, try and start it, and nothing changes from position 2 to ignition. Try jumping it; nothing. Try rolling it down the parking garage decline/pop clutch; nothing.
Take the intake out, and check all wires, and try tapping the alternator/voltage regulator, and it starts and runs fine.

Go to autozone, get all battery/alternator/starter tested, and they all pass fine. I go to start the car back up after I get it tested, and nothing happens. So I take intake out, tap the alternator a few times and it starts up.

So I start trying to diagnose everything. Can't be battery as it's practically brand new and I have all lights/everything is normal in position 2, can't be alternator because that doesn't start the car. Starter? ehhh, still not sure because it passed autozone's test.

I come across the clutch safety switch. I take it out, put it back in, and it starts. For all of yesterday that was how I was starting my car, but it gradually got worse, and started taking more and more times to get it started, and now it's just not starting at all. I've checked all fuses and they're all good.

I'm very close to just ordering another sensor because I need the car to
go to work, and community service.

Any ideas?
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Are the only fuses in the glove box?
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there are multiple locations I believe.
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It doesn't seem to be any fuse. I can only pop the clutch and start it if it was just started and then turned off and the key is still in the ignition. When I try to jump it otherwise, it kinda starts but it seems like the engine is being prevented from going over 1k rpm. It like stays at 400-500 rpms then at the bottom of the hill it boggs out
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