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Old 12-20-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Feels like one thing after another, help

Hey, so a while back i discovered my car had intermediate starting problems.
Hold on to your hat becuase this is a rediculously long story and its very very frustrating.
the intermediate starting problems became more and more stubborn, but the car always worked when it was bump started. I go to school for mechanics so i am decently automotive savy. I started to diagnose the car and went straight to the battery, took it to get tested perfect CCA and perfect volts. I sucked it up and went and bought a starter after 3 very cold days in the garage in canada ( couple hours at a time) got the whole intake manifold off and the new starter in. Everything together and guess what.. still doesnt start ( intermedietly).

lastly i read online somewhere it could be the ignition switch, but i dont see how that would affect it ?

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Old 12-20-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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Sorry i so foolishly neglected to say when she doesnt start there's nothing, no crank no clicks all the lights from the dash come on but nothings happens.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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Check your grounds, maybe one came disconnected. There is one on the passenger side motor mount i think.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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triple checked all grounds, im chargeing my battery over night again for shits and gigs. when i was putting the new starter in i took sand paper to the terminals for maximum connection, thanks for the reply though.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:16 PM   #5
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Old 12-21-2011, 04:17 PM   #6
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If I'm right, you're going to be kicking yourself...

Does the car has a clutch stop? If the last owner put in a clutch stop, you may not be able to push the clutch down far enough to click the clutch ignition lock interlock. When I bought my car, the PO put in a clutch stop that would sometimes require a couple of hard stomps on the clutch to get it to start. Instrument panel lights come on but no cranking when the key is turned. Replaced with with my own homemade clutch stop and it's worked flawlessly since.

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