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Engine Starting Trouble

Discussion in 'Engine & Transmission' started by madmaddy, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Hi everyone,
    Just wanted to ask a question, my 75 Bay 1800 is only running on 3 cyclinders, this is getting sorted out this coming week if I can start it to drive it there, my question is why does it start one minute and then wont start the next? I can hear something clicking in the engine bay when turning ignition key, but engine will not turn over, battery is new. Help..

    Kylie & Jen
     
  2. dan_b

    dan_b Member

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    mackay-
    stater motor
     
  3. grill_pig

    grill_pig New Member

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    connections from the electrics to the starter. pull them off and give them a good clean.
     
  4. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    It does sound like the starter motor ... try tapping/whacking the cylindrical solenoid on the side of the starter motor with something heavy, such as a wrench, that can sometimes get it going again. You can test the solenoid by putting an (insulated) screwdriver across the the lugs on top to short-circuit the solenoid and see if the starter whirs into action .... and yeah, check and clean the connectors as suggested first ...
     
  5. madmaddy

    madmaddy Member

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    Location:
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    Hey thanks everyone, Advice worked a treat, just went out and and tapped solenoid with the wooden end of a hammer, now starts everytime, but need to remove key and put back in for it to start each time, is this normal?

    Kylie & Jen
     
  6. farquire

    farquire Member

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    shouldn't have to take the key out for each start,turning it right back to the off position should do.hitting it with a hammer is only a short term fix,it'll let you down eventually
     

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