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Sometimes car will not start but can push and it will start

This problem does not occur all the time, just every once in a while. battery and starter appear to be OK.

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1. check for corrosion on battery cables at all connections, both positive and negative sides
2.sometimes batteries can run low amperage accesories but still not crank over engine, its voltage versus amps, amps are probably low due to a bad cell in battery, have battery load check at a local parts store (normally free) to see if battery is bad....

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Is the battery good?

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SOURCE: starter will not engage. have new battery. sometimes car starts. sometimes not. when it won't start, jumping will start it. mechanics can't find the problem.

may be you should check your sparking plug first . then the oxygen filter , if not change your rotor

Posted on May 29, 2009

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remove and clean your battery terminals ,that should help,you should hear a click from the starter when you try ,otherwise could be your starter

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Try running a wire from the little terminal of the starter motor to the Positive on the battery , Disconnect the little wire thats on there first.No need to turn the key on as we are bypassing this.This should cause the starter to turn.Make sure that if its a manual that its in Neutral.
If the starter motor turns then the problem is either the relay or the ignition switch.Or if its an automatic Transmission it could be the inhibitor switch .
Hope this helps

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there is no sensor that controls the starter motor, i suspect the problem lies with the ignition switch, there will be a single thin wire going to the starter motor, this needs to have battery voltage at it when you crank the ignition switch if you do not have battery voltage there then check it as it comes out of the ignition switch, i hope this helps

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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