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Old 07-08-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Angry starter wont stop turning over car

ok so i just bought my car its a 87 gt ragtop, well one day it wouldnt start so i just used a screwdriver to jump the terminals to get the car started. it worked so i went and bought a new starter selinoid, i threw that in and went to the gas station. shut the car off came out went to start it and the starter stuck and kept cranking the car over i could not get the battery cable off so the starter fried.

went to napa bought a new starter and new starter selinoid put that in and thought everything was fine, but went to start it and the starter stuck and kept cranking my car over, i pulled the battery cable off and disconnected everything and put it all back together, and it was all good. but it happens about once every 2 weeks. so my question is why does this keep happening? i tested to see if it was the ignition doing it by taking off the wire for it and its not the ignition.

any help would be great. thanks
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Re: starter wont stop turning over car

I can look at it as an electrical problem, either there is a constant (or rather an accessory/ignition) hooked up to the starter wire which may have been cause if you fooled around with some of the wiring (i.e. you ghetto rigged it) OR it could be a bad key (ignition) cylinder. Something on the inside is getting stuck when you turn the key so it sticks on the starter and keeps sending a signal.
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Re: starter wont stop turning over car

When it would stick, I would pull off the positive battery termminal so itd stop.(ie no power) but if I tapped the terminal with the battery cable itd crank again, it wouldn't stop till I took everything off the selinoid
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Re: starter wont stop turning over car

long shot, but is there different solenoids for that year/model :dunno:

i would probably go with osirisguy and say the key cylinder, i know those things mess up and can cause slews of problems.
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ok so i just bought my car its a 87 gt ragtop, well one day it wouldnt start so i just used a screwdriver to jump the terminals to get the car started. it worked so i went and bought a new starter selinoid, i threw that in and went to the gas station. shut the car off came out went to start it and the starter stuck and kept cranking the car over i could not get the battery cable off so the starter fried.

went to napa bought a new starter and new starter selinoid put that in and thought everything was fine, but went to start it and the starter stuck and kept cranking my car over, i pulled the battery cable off and disconnected everything and put it all back together, and it was all good. but it happens about once every 2 weeks. so my question is why does this keep happening? i tested to see if it was the ignition doing it by taking off the wire for it and its not the ignition.

any help would be great. thanks
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Re: starter wont stop turning over car

BTW, pull off the negative battery cable. It will do the same thing as pulling off the positive cable but it's safer to do.
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Re: starter wont stop turning over car

To me it sounds more like the wiring to the starter is incorrect (or there is a connection between two wrong wires) or the key cylinder is bad. The cylinder shouldn't be too hard to replace but you might need new keys.

I'd also take a look at what Herb posted, man has plenty of useful info
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might be the key cylinder, might be th switch that the key ingages, little plastic on plastic pieces that have metal on each, that run across each other taped in a little aluminum cases that sometimes comes loose and causes the rod to come off that engaged it. hell, I have a brain fart and dont know anything yet except that my brain is fried from paint fumes. maybe by noon I can remeber what that part is that plugs in to the harness and attaches to the key cylinder.
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