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Sometimes doesn't start

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#1 vbarrett

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:24 PM

I've owned my 1994 Loyale for about 6 months now. It has about 145,000 miles on it. It's been great without any problems except one starting glitch which has happened three times in the last 3 months. After being driven and then parked, upon return about 15 minutes later the car won't start. A quiet clicking sound is heard but nothing more happens. I thought it was the battery or alternator but the AAA man I recently consulted tested these and said they are fine. The last time it happened the car stalled while being parked and then wouldn't start. I went back about an hour later, wriggled the key in the ignition a bit and it started. However, I don't know if it simply just started or if the ignition has an issue. Starter switch perhaps? Any ideas?



#2 Dee2

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 10:55 PM

This is usually a sign that the starter solenoid contacts need to be replaced.  Very inexpensive and easy to do.  Several videos available on youTube.  Beyond that, you may also need to add a starter relay. Also very inexpensive and easy to do.  Starter relays are available off Amazon in a kit.



#3 Knucklehead Saloon

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 04:09 AM

What Dee2 said ^

I'd also pull the ignition switch and contact cleaner the hell out of it.

#4 jsyme

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:24 AM

Don't forget to paint your key.

 

Paint it Bronco's colors: With the Denver Broncos record standing today at 3 and 3.

(The AFC South's Texan's are also 3 and 3.) Pick your poison., but don't forget to paint your key.



#5 DaveT

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 10:35 AM

What Dee2 wrote.

Replace the contacts. Add the relay. Problem gone.

#6 Subarule

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:21 AM

Possibly a fuel pump going bad. 



#7 Gloyale

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:43 AM

Possibly a fuel pump going bad. 

 

No.  Just no.

 

Starter would not engage.

 

NOTHING to do with fuel pump.



#8 Len Dawg

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 05:47 PM

Battery terminals... mine did that once before. I flipped them over. Aside from the skinny wire coming off the starter some years ago. Not necessarily wiggling ignition interlock assembly.. whereas my key is so terribly worn it falls out while driving sometimes. Ha ha ha

Edited by Len Dawg, 25 October 2017 - 05:52 PM.


#9 Subarule

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 01:05 PM

No.  Just no.

 

Starter would not engage.

 

NOTHING to do with fuel pump.

OK.



#10 scoobiedubie

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:02 PM

It takes 350,000 miles to wear out the ignition so that the spring breaks.  Other electrical problems, but probably not with your vehicle due to the low mileage, include the engine ground connector end wire at the body, the hot wire coming out of the alternator, and the black wire end coming out of the bottom of the Positive battery terminal.



#11 charles_thomas

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:25 PM

Just a thought, but have you actually hotwired across the starter to confirm it is getting enough power? You mentioned jiggling the keys starting it.
The ignition switch can wear out like you staed. Especially if you have heavy keys or other items on the key ring. Sometimes the contact poont inside the switch wears and only gives partial connection, enough to click, bit not turn over. It is very simple to check, and if it turns over or starts, will eliminate the solenoid, starter and such as being broken immediately. just dont electrocute yourself.





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