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1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, starter solenoid only engages sometimes (starter motor always spins), occasionally starter gets stuck ON, and sometimes no spark (fuel is fine but car won't start u

Starter solenoid rarely engages (starter motor always spins) on cold start, works much better after car has been driven during the day. Occasionally starter gets stuck ON, even after key is released. This has happened even when I wasn't touching the key so I had to install a kill switch inline. Sometimes no spark even when engine cranks fine (fuel is fine but car won't start until trying it later). Is this a problem with the IGNITION SWITCH (not the lock cylinder but the electrical switch)?

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    searcher68 Feb 11, 2012

    Same results with 3 different starters, 2 of which were brand new. I exchanged the last one thinking it was a problem with the solenoid but the new one still didn't fix the problem. Engine is in good condition & fires right away, when the starter decides to turn the engine over that is.

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    searcher68 Feb 15, 2012

    New starter switch installed, same problem. Now the "no spark" issue seems to be happening more regularly, where the engine will turn over but not start. Next up... check wiring then troubleshoot the MSD ignition & coil, although it really seems to be an electrical and "under the dash" type of problem.



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