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My suzuki jimny starts fine one day, then wont start at all

My suzuki jinmy will drive for days no problem what so ever, then all of a sudden it wont, in other words it will turn over but it wont start, can beleft for a couple of hours thenit will start, and can be fine for days, untill it decides to play up again

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  • paulsage8 Dec 04, 2008

    suzuki jimny, starts and runs fine for days,then it will turn over and wont run at all, the car can run for weeks with noproblems, then it will have the same problem just starting and not turning over, any ideas..........

  • paulsage8 Dec 07, 2008

    still have a problem withmy suuki jimny,its a 2001,auto,runs fine for a few days,then it will turn over and wont run, does this on and off all the time.
    this morning it was really cold, the car turned over but wouldnt start, left it for a couple of hours, came back started and turned over first time totally confused...........

  • paulsage8 Dec 07, 2008

    hi still puzzeled about my suzuki jimny,the car drives fine for days,and .then some mornings it turns over but wont start,its defently not the battery, as the car does turn over and every thing works.some times if I leave it for a while its starts no problem, and then a couple of days later the problems back again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • paulsage8 Dec 30, 2008

    my suzuki still has a problem, still runs fine for days, then it wont start, it turns over but wont start,plenty of power in the battery, I thought it might be a damp start problem, I used a damp start spray, it was fine for two weeks and then the probolem came back........

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Sir,

Check battery cables

Sounds like you have a bad connection either to the battery or starter. The lights might pull about 20 amps and stock stereo may pull 7 amps. But a starter pulls around 250 amps or more. If you have a corroded battery and or cables or loose connections, this will give you the symtoms your having.

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I am having the same problem. i changed the fuel pump the weekend before christmas 2008, but the problem is still there. i have noticed when the car won't start there is no sound coming from the fuel pump, so i now suspect there is a loose wire connection or some other electrical issue, because the fuel pump is new. i now toggle the ignition switch back and forth from off to the on position until i hear the fuel pump sound, then the car starts with no problem. not the best solution, can be frustrating, but so is turning over the engine and the car not starting.

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Check your spark plugs, had this problem on one of my cars the cap got to big in the plugs, check also wiring coil to check for bad contacts, Batterey termanals and so

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How cold is the weather where you are?

Could be a fuel/water issue .. try some dry gas and injector cleaner

I had the same problem .. that fixed mine


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Hi i think its starter problem

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. If necessary for access to the starter, disconnect the exhaust crossover pipe from the manifolds.
  4. Unfasten the two starter mounting bolts/screws and carefully lower the starter motor.
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Before attaching the electrical connectors, tighten the inner nuts on the solenoid terminals. If the nuts are not tight, the solenoid cap could be damaged during installation of the leads. Tighten the inner nut of the "BAT" terminal to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
  1. Fasten the electrical leads to the starter motor assembly. Tighten the solenoid switch "BAT" terminal outer nut to 80 inch lbs. (9 Nm) and the "S" terminal nut to 22 inch lbs. (2.5 Nm).
  2. Position the starter motor to the engine and install the retaining bolts/screws. Tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm).
  3. Measure the starter pinion-to-flywheel clearance and add shims, if necessary.
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The problem is in the ecm which is either over heating or has water or moisture inside the ecm (electronic control module) just replace it with the same number which is on the old box.and please dont forget to rate me.

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  • Rabindra Robinson Dec 07, 2008

    is it possible for you to see if you get spark while you crank the engine? one quick method is to watch the tach o meter, if the vehicle has one, and if the needle moves while you are cranknig that indicates you have spark, and so the crank sensor is ok, but then again it may not b4e getting fuel which is controlled by the ecm.

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I would suggest that you check and see if the engine has fuel pressure when this happens, to easily check this open the gas cap and listen closely while some one cycles the the ign key on and off every 5 seconds ( don't crank the engine), the pump will make a humming noise if it is running, the other method is to use the test port on the injector fuel rail on top of the eng, it looks like a tire valve, depress the little valve while the key is cycled, if pressure is present it will spray allot of fuel, pressure is around 40 PSI

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    The fuel pump is most likely the problem, the other issue would be the Crankshaft Position sensor, that controls spark to the plugs, they can go open from temp changes and cause a crank but no start, this is less common unless the car has around 100,000 miles on it. Also listen when the engine is idling for fuel pump noise, if you hear it inside the car the bearing in the pump are going bad and it might be sticking at times and not pumping.

    Where do I get this experience? 20 years of doing nothing but problems like yours in a new car dealer.

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    robynumber1, this ECM/computer is very expensive, is this recommendation based on field experience? Have you seen this in this year and model?

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