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Old 10-19-2011, 02:18 PM   #1
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Weird Starting Problem

Well, the swap is finished I'd say, but she started doing something strange.

When I first start up, the starter keeps going like it's still trying to start.
Even when I shut it off, it continues; push in the clutch, turn the key, starts again. But the starter is still going.

It's a little intermittent (sp), but it happens more often than it doesn't, and stops after about 30-60 seconds of driving (or idling).

Someone told me there's something wrong with the starter solenoid, and that I should have a mechanic look at it.
Has anyone had this problem?
I'd really like to fix this myself, if someone can tell me where to start. After the swap I'm down right broke...
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Well, the swap is finished I'd say, but she started doing something strange.

When I first start up, the starter keeps going like it's still trying to start.
Even when I shut it off, it continues; push in the clutch, turn the key, starts again. But the starter is still going.

It's a little intermittent (sp), but it happens more often than it doesn't, and stops after about 30-60 seconds of driving (or idling).

Someone told me there's something wrong with the starter solenoid, and that I should have a mechanic look at it.
Has anyone had this problem?
I'd really like to fix this myself, if someone can tell me where to start. After the swap I'm down right broke...
The starter solenoid is sticking.
DO NOT try to start it again until you replace the solenoid.
Doing so could cause your wiring to overheat and start a fire.
I have seen this happen in person and it caused a lot of damage before we could get the cables disconnected and the fire put out.
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The starter solenoid is sticking.
DO NOT try to start it again until you replace the solenoid.
Doing so could cause your wiring to overheat and start a fire.
I have seen this happen in person and it caused a lot of damage before we could get the cables disconnected and the fire put out.
Dang it, I was afraid of that. How hard is that to change out?
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Dang it, I was afraid of that. How hard is that to change out?
It's not hard.

1. Disconnect the battery
2. Remove the cables from the solenoid.
3. Remove the solenoid by removing the 2-3 bolts holding it on.
4. Install the new solenoid.
5. reconnect cables and battery.

If you can swing it, now would be a good time to pick up a Haynes or Chilton manual for your car.
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Yeah, I should be able to do that then.
Thanks for your help, good sir!
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1) where the heck is the starter/solenoid?

2) is it starter mounted or fender mounted? Auto Zone doesn't know..lol
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Driver side fender!...its a very easy fix!...just follow what TH said..good luck!!
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I couldn't find it anywhere along the fenders. I think it's different in 94-95's. The Haynes manual I bought (for 94-04 all) shows a starter mounted solenoid but I was unable to find where it told me the location of the solenoid itself.
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Might be right by the battery
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Oh...im thinking foxbody sorry!!...im not sure but I think you have a starter relay,and a selenoid...if there's a fuse box(or somthing like it) on the driver side fender then I believe it's a starter mounted selenoid!..
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94-95 was either or but it's more than likely on your starter.

---------- Post added at 10:31 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:31 PM ----------

You should still be able to change just the solenoid.
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It's on the starter most likely.
There is a way to bypass the starter mounted solenoid and add a fender mounted solenoid if you want, but it requires some battery cable and rewiring.
You basically bypass the solenoid on the starter and run a cable from the battery to the fender mounted solenoid.

Lots of racers do this mod because it puts the solenoid in easy reach for tuning. They can attach their bump starter connections up on the fender instead of under the car.
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Finally completed!

It is a starter mounted solenoid and it's underneath the car in probably the most inconvenient place possible. It was relatively easy, just took me a while due to my level of experience. Haha

No more sticking, but it still takes a few turns of the starter to start the engine, I guess the bad solenoid was wearing out the starter during that time. Hopefully it gets better

Once again, thanks for help guys!
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Finally completed!

It is a starter mounted solenoid and it's underneath the car in probably the most inconvenient place possible. It was relatively easy, just took me a while due to my level of experience. Haha

No more sticking, but it still takes a few turns of the starter to start the engine, I guess the bad solenoid was wearing out the starter during that time. Hopefully it gets better

Once again, thanks for help guys!
Glad you got it fixed and sorry, but your starter won't get better, so plan on replacing it as soon as you can so it doesn't leave you stranded somewhere.
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Yeah, thats what I thought.
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