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Suzuki sidekick wont start... has power, but starter doesn't kick in... it does this intermittently... this is the second time... gave it a push start the first tim,e, and it worked good for about a week, now its done it again... any ideas??

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Ah ha.. you have the same problem i have.. and it was posted in december which reaferms it lol.. was it really cold out? and was it a standerd? sounds like it if you bomb started it.. but.. anywho.. i found that placing a heater in the cab.. just a lil space heater solved the problem.. mine only does it when it is really cold out side and hence inside the cab.. there is a switch on your clutch that will not let you start it unless the clutch is pushed in to the floor.. i found that this switch does not tend to wanna start when cold.. if it was your starter, changing position on the fly wheel. eg trying to force the drive train to move.. would cause your starter to catch.. not work then not work at all then work.. try that.. cheep fix compared to a starter

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You need to check for power at the starter motor.

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You may need a new starter. sounds like the one you have now has been starting to go bad

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that is the cable bad, a $25 part. and very comon failure.
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link to cable cause. (sold in all stores)"auto"

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no crank?
here they are.

battery dead
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fuse blown.
is the CHECK engine lamp glowing> key on?
are all dash idiot lamps glowing key on , showing 12vdc power is good?
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if auto, wiggle the gear shifter, cranking,
if Stick wiggle the clutch, cranking.
got a volt meter?. is battery at 12.6v ?

if battery is good, hot wire the solenoid
crank now? yes, then key line is dead.
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I just bought an 89 sidekick and now it wont start, the motor wont even turn over its like the battery is dead but when i jump the starter posts all it does is whine but does not engage the flywheel what...

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