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#1 Gene J

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 06:35 PM

My 98 GT starter sometimes makes no noise when U turn the key. Not even a click.

When the starter does turn it is just fine.

A search revealed that it may be the starter contacts. Do the experts here concur? I need to know because it VERY cold outside where I will have to do the work.

Why don't these things happen in the summer?

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 07:08 PM

Sounds like contacts, but make sure the battery cables are clean and tight.

The starter is easy to remove, and take inside. 14 mm bolt up top, 17 mm nut on the bottom and a 12mm nut for the cable.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 10:57 PM

Another possibility is the connector from the ignition switch into the harness. Usually a pink or white plastic connector about 6 inches from the ignition switch. You'll have to remove some of the plastic shroud under the steering column to see it. The tip off is that if it has a poor connection on one of the wires, it will heat up the plastic and turn that area brown or black. Contact cleaner will likely be a temporary fix; permanent fix is a new cable harness....very cheap at the pull a part yards. Hopefully this is it since it's warmer fixing this than removing the starter and checking the contacts.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:04 AM

Happened to me once , was the ignition switch with internal poor contacts. Opened it up and cleaned it.
Should have contact resistance below 0,1 Ohm

Edited by Hendrik, 26 December 2009 - 05:06 AM.


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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:46 PM

[quote name='Gene J']My 98 GT starter sometimes makes no noise when U turn the key. Not even a click.

When the starter does turn it is just fine.

A search revealed that it may be the starter contacts. Do the experts here concur? I need to know because it VERY cold outside where I will have to do the work.

Why don't these things happen in the summer?[/quote

No,since there is no click,the solenoid is not working and the contacts do not do anything.

Could be bad ign. switch as suggested or bad stater brushes.
Solenoid pull-in coil recieves current thru the brushes so if they are bad,no click.(recently had the same problem).

If it works when you jump the solenoid terminal to the large battery wire on the starter,ign. switch,nuetral safety switch or clutch switch are likely culprits.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 10:21 PM

The most common cause on the newer gen stuff is just plain poor battery cables or terminals. Especially in this cold weather - the cable's shrink away from the crimp joints and terminals get loose.

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#7 Gene J

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:32 PM

The answer is????

Battery. The starter etc was just fine.

I thought it was odd since all of the electrics worked fine. I even tried to jump the battery and nothing happened.

I replaced the battery and all is fine.




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