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    1. Member StevenPirre's Avatar
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      11-17-2010 08:45 PM #1
      Today I drove my car parked it for a few minutes, when i went to start it nothing. The dash lights up battery is at full voltage but there's no sound from the starter. I pop started it and it drives fine however just wont start by turning the key. How do I find out if it is the Starter,Ignition switch, or the Clutch switch.


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      11-17-2010 09:13 PM #2
      how did you test the battery? what was the voltage?
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      11-17-2010 10:07 PM #3
      The battery was first jumped and that didnt help. Then i used the meter we have at work to test voltage as well as the output. Turn on lights, blower, radio etc. 12.6V with engine off. After starting...pop starting 14.8V Ill check fuses tomorrow. I ruled out the Ignition, i hear my fuel pump when i turn the key.
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      11-17-2010 10:17 PM #4
      Check all your connections at the starter and the battery, make sure they're clean/not corroded.

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      11-18-2010 07:13 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by SlayStation View Post
      Check all your connections at the starter and the battery, make sure they're clean/not corroded.
      That there, other wise you're looking at a bad starter most likely

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      11-18-2010 07:59 AM #6
      How do i check the clutch safety to see if that's the problem?

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      11-18-2010 08:05 AM #7
      there is a switch for it, I always here of it failing the other direction...where it starts with out depressing the clutch. But that could still be a possibilty. check for voltage at your starter, and also check for voltage at the switch. I guess you could do it two ways, check for voltage or read ohms and look for the switch to close.

      I'm sure there is a way to check it in the bentley, but I dont have one on hand
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      11-18-2010 09:12 AM #8
      There a braided copper wire that runs from the starter to the selnoid that will rust apart... same thing happened to me and left me and the wife stranded on the side of the road on our honeymoon

      You can see it in this pic
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      11-18-2010 12:34 PM #9
      Thank you. Ill check that out. Its not the clutch switch I jumped the pins on the connector and got nothing. So Its the starter. From looking at the picture i see the copper wire. Did you repair it or get a new one? How should I repair it?

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      11-18-2010 12:37 PM #10
      It's probably better to just replace it, for the piece of mind

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