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Sometimes it won't start

Temperature makes no difference. Daily driving I will stop, shop and when I restart The ignition clicks but won't start. I disconnect the battery for a few minutes and the car starts. Then no problems for varying lengths of times either hours days or weeks. And the problem returns. Battery is only 2-3 years old, holds a charge and the alternator is functioning.

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Sounds like you may have a starter motor going bad. When they start doing this it is because there is a "bad spot" on the motor armature. It will continue to work each time until by chance, it just happens to stop in that same place again. Usually, it gets worse over time where it starts happening more and more often as more bad spots start to develop on the armature. Then eventually, it gets to where it won't work at all. Disconnecting the battery is probably not doing anything to help you get it started, That is probably just coincidence.

I also would not recommend continuing to disconnect the battery. If there is something else wrong (not the starter motor), it is probably setting a code in the computer. Disconnecting the battery can clear the computer memory and cause this vital information to be lost. You will need this information if you are going to figure out what is going on.

Also, every time you disconnect your battery, your adaptive fuel trim, idle control, and adaptive transmission shift information gets lost. Then when you reconnect the battery, the vehicle can waste a lot of fuel and cause undue wear on your transmission clutches for a few days until it "relearns" this information.

This also causes undue stress and wear on your battery cables that can lead to more serious electrical system problems.

This also causes all of your computer modules to go through a "forced re-boot" every time you do that....anybody that has much experience with a PC at home knows that the best way to destroy a hard drive is to unplug the computer from the wall without properly shutting down then pluging back in again. Files get lost and/or corrupted. If the boot files get corrupted the computer will not reboot at all. Car computers are no different.

Repeatedly disconnecting the battery is just not a good idea.

Posted on Feb 15, 2012

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    crystal_c732 Jan 04, 2013

    this is good advice

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PROCEDURE 1
EVAPORATIVE EMISSION SYSTEM LEAK MONITOR
Inspection Conditions
Engine coolant temperature: 30°C (75°F) or less (The engine is stopped before the test drive is started).
Atmospheric temperature: 5 - 30°C (41 - 113°F).
Condition of A/T: Selector lever D range.
Fuel remained in fuel tank: 30 - 50% is recommended.
Time required: 16 minutes or less after started the engine.
Drive cycle pattern: One trip monitor (from start to ignition switch to "LOCK" (OFF) position. Well be completed while traveling with the following drive cycle pattern.
Test Procedure
Engine: start.
Accelerate until the vehicle speed is 89 km/h (55 mph) or more.
While keeping the accelerator pedal opening degree constant, keep the vehicle speed at 89 km/h (55 mph) or more and travel for 16 minutes.
Return the vehicle to the shop, then turn the ignition switch to "LOCK" (OFF) position.

PROCEDURE 2
FUEL TRIM MONITOR
Drive Cycle Pattern
Inspection Conditions
Engine coolant temperature: 100°C (212°F) or less.
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Condition of A/T: Selector lever D range.
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Drive cycle pattern: One trip monitor (from start to ignition switch to "LOCK" (OFF) position). Will be completed while traveling with the following drive cycle pattern.
Test Procedure
Engine: start.
Accelerate until the vehicle speed is 89 km/h (55 mph) or more.
While keeping the accelerator pedal opening degree constant, keep the vehicle speed at 89 km/h (55 mph) or more and travel for 30 minutes.
Return the vehicle to the shop, then turn the ignition switch to "LOCK" (OFF) position

PROCEDURE 3
CATALYTIC CONVERTER MONITOR
Drive Cycle Pattern
Inspection Conditions
Atmospheric temperature: -10°C (14°F) or more.
Condition of A/T: Selector lever D range.
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Time required: 16 minutes or more.
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Test Procedure
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PROCEDURE 4
HEATED OXYGEN SENSOR MONITOR
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Inspection Conditions
Engine coolant temperature: 100°C (212°F) or more.
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Condition of A/T: Selector lever D range.
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PROCEDURE 5
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Accelerate until the vehicle speed is 56 - 80 km/h (35 - 50 mph).
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Atmospheric temperature:
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