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Simple engine starting problems(Some time starts)click

Hi recently ran into a problem with the starting part. The car itself is a 1L 3 cyl carbureted engine with 160K. The problem lies when I first try to start the car,3 things will happen in any order.1st is after turning the key; it operates like it going to start but then a single click or clink is herd then I do it over again and the same thing one click(starter does not want to operate or kick in). the second is that after turning the key nothing will happen at all; I looks as if the battery has just died(Brand new Battery) after reinserting the key and trying to put it into neutral when wanting to start it won’t allow me cause battery is just not delivering full power(NEW Battery@12.6 V) instrument light are dim and after pushing the brake it dies: wait 2 sec and light will slowly begin to light up but as soon as I push the brake it happens again.3rd is that it will start like a Ferrari just like nothing was ever wrong in the first place. What could be the problem a faulty starter relay, Starter/solenoid, neutral safety switch? Any advice from a well skilled auto teck would be well appreciated, Thanks in advance.

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  • phantom007 Jan 05, 2009

    Hi, thanks for the advice.The car does turn over every time but i had forgotten to ask this question;Oneday i decided to fuel up at a different gas station little did i know they added water to their fuel which had been used in my car and now my car has trouble starting which has left me stranded many times. I have noticed some ice build up inside the carburetor and now seems to be a ongoing problem now. How do i prevent ice from settling in side of my carburetor?I have used that STP water remover problem still excise's, is there a carb heater i could get to prevent this problem cause its winter time in canada.COLD

    Thanks.

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It sounds like you have a loose or broken ground cable, be sure to check all grounds starting with the battery, and so on

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  • John Hand Jan 06, 2009

    im sorry to say this but the only way to stop it is to take the gas tank and empty it , even if by removing it, and draing everything out and flushing all of the line with compressed air. but do it soon as the fuel lines will rust and cause more problems, also dont forget the filter. sorry for the bad news. hope this helps

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