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The car only starts sometimes,it has a new battery and starter works fine, it seems like a loose connection but dont even know where to start. It wont turn over or do anything in less it starts? any advice would be muchly apprecated

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  • li_world Dec 16, 2008

    Hi just tryed messing with the wires on the starter not sure if it helped but what about in the steering column?

  • robertknpps Dec 25, 2008

    i have a 1985 cutless that wont start it turns over but wont start battery is good in starter is too someone said set the timing how can i do that

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    I have a similar problem with a 2003 Saturn VUE. It turns over and starts fine, but once it's started it seems to have "low power" symptoms (lights dim when using the electric window, etc). Now it's turning over, starting, and then dying right away.

    Maybe a connection somewhere is flaky, and starting the car when the connection is good loosens the connection so that it's bad once the car is on?


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My car want start sometime if i turn the switch it wil make one tick noise if i keep doing it it will start its not the starter its not the battier i was told to check a fuse under the hood where is it

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On my sons 95 olds cutlass, there is a (black)main power cable running to the post connected to the
fuse box on the right side of the engine, mounted to the chassis. This connection came loose and was also corroded after some time. We steel-wool cleaned the washer and cable terminal. Be careful tightening the brass nut, it can strip easily. Right under that connection is a red wire attaching to the same fuse box. That guy caused us lots of problems with stalling while driving. We did the same cleaning and tightening routine. These may help your situation.

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I have a 1995 oldsmobile 88. sometimes it will start and sometimes it won't. it turns over the alternator,battery are fine. i recently had the wiper switch replaced and the steering column was torn apart to replace it. i will be driving and it just stops working. could it be a lose wire somewhere?

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Depending on the year of this cutlass, I had a similar problem with my 95 cutlass. And I finally found that the jumper post from the battery was cracked and got corroded, I replaced that part and cleaned up the connections and never had another problem.

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Lose conection at starter (litel wier

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  • g32er Dec 17, 2008

    igntion switch coude be bad (contacts in switch)

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NOTE: some vehicles have the relay and starter mounted together as 1 unit. Sometimes the starter relay and starter are seperate. When I refer to "relay" it could also mean the starter and relay as 1 unit.
Note: "starter switch" is not to be confused with "key switch", although sometimes they are all one unit. The starter switch is usually mounted on the steering column and actuated by a metal rod. On units that are all one unit, the keyswitch/starter switch (both one unit) will have to be replaced. (this is a rare problem, so don't get worried just yet)

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2. Check connections on the starter relay, even the small one coming from your starter switch. if loose or corroded, clean with a brush and reconnect them. Try to start your car. Did it start? if not, Move on

3. Well now we know the connections aren't the problem. How about a click? did you hear one? If a click is heard, go to #4, if nothing is heard, go to #5

4. Well at least the relay is clicking, but nothing else is going on. The relay is working, so the starter must be bad. Replace the starter and start your car!

5. Humm, connections aren't the problem, maybe the relay is bad, replace your relay with a new one. Move on

6. Now we have a new relay, with clean and tight connections. Start your car. Does it start? If yes, then HORRAY! we fixed it. Does it click? If so then goto #7, If it don't click, then goto #8

7. So here we have a new relay, with good connections that will click when trying to start the car, but nothing else happens. Starter is faulty, replace the starter, and off you go, see ya!

8. So here we have a new relay, with good connections, but it still won't click when we try to start our car. This means that your starter switch is faulty. Replace starter switch and try to start your car. Vroom! finally done with this car problem!

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