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It's taking to long for my 1988 300zx to start

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Tell it you are thinking of getting rid of it, and getting a Lamborghini Countach.

Works everytime.

OR;
Tune that baby up.

Cold weather really is hard on a vehicle, and when it needs a tune-up it\'s even harder on it.

The last sound you heard is the starter Bendix drive kicking out.
Engine was just trying to start is all.

Engine spun, and tried to kick the starter drive out, then engine stopped trying to start, (Spin), and starter drive tried to engage again.

That\'s the way a starter drive is supposed to work,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bendix_drive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starter_motor

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Automobile_starter_2.JPG

Number 3 points to the Armature of the starter motor. It spins.
Number 2 points to the Overrunning Clutch. The common name for the starter drive. Bendix is a manufacturer of starter drives, and the basic technology used is by Bendix.

When you turn the ignition key, the Solenoid pointed out by the Number 6, is pushed Forward.

This in turn pushes that small gear in the front of the Overrunning Clutch, (Starter Drive), into the round toothed flywheel, on the back of the engine.

The Solenoid also touches contacts, that make the starter motor spin, when you turn the ignition key.

So you have the Starter Drive (Overrunning Clutch) engaging the Flywheel, and the electric motor of the Starter spinning.

When the engine starts, it turns the Starter Drive. As the Starter Drive reaches a certain RPM, (Revolutions Per Minute), the Starter Drive is spun back into the starter; disengaging from the Flywheel.

Being cold the starter drive was just a little slower than usual, in returning back into the starter.

I believe with a tune-up, you\'ll be smiling, and driving that 300ZX again.

(Probably not too much though after you get the tune-up bill.
It is a Nissan 300ZX.

Cold weather is going to have the mechanic trying to sell you a battery, belts, and hoses, plus flush the cooling system, and add new antifreeze.

Just wanted you to be aware, and not think they are trying to dig in your pocket.
Would bl-ow to be stranded on the highway at minus 20 degrees (-20), and the problem was an old hose, or belt.

However of course, KEEP your eyes, and ears open.
Suggest listen to reason, but don\'t let them (Mechanic), get carried away )

Regards,
joecoolvette

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    joecoolvette Jan 02, 2013

    Oh yeah. Me. The 'computer guy'. I also am a full time civilian mechanic on an Army base. Work on ALL wheeled vehicles, and track vehicles Up To, but not including the Abrams M1a2 tank.

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    joecoolvette Jan 02, 2013

    Ha! Fixya parser! The statement, "Cold weather really is ******* a vehicle, and when it needs a tune-up it's even harder on it.", is supposed to read, "Cold weather really is ha-rd on a vehicle, and when it needs a tune-up it's even harder on it." Apparently HA-RD On cannot be stated, lol!

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    joecoolvette Jan 02, 2013

    HA-RD O-N. Sheesh!

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Might be your battery is not charger to it's fullness, or pump your gas one time it might not be getting enough gas, it's been cold try it.

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