This started when it got real cold here in Michigan.New starter was installed and was fine till cold hit again.Pulled van into shop bay for 20 minutes started right up,got home and in the AM no power to S side of starter and here it sits .Any ideas.
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Re: no power to ignition side of starter
Your charging system is extremely temp-sensitive. Especially your battery.
Test your battery and ensure it is still good (sounds like it is, but eliminate it as a possible problem nonetheless). Put the battery on a charger and make sure it is fully powered. Remove, inspect and clean your cables (I suspect this is where your problem lies). Even if they appear ok, clean them and make sure they are secure. Next, track the wires to and from the battery and alternator. Again, inspect them and make sure they are clean and secure. Then track the wires going to your starter and make sure they are clean/secure. Pay close attention to any area that the wires run near the exhaust (check for damage).
I suspect that this will fix your problem. If not, post and update and we'll go from there.
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Hi, this is usually caused by dead spots on the starter commutator. If whacking the starter with a hammer will make it work, you can be pretty sure that is the problem. If you aren't sure, have the starter tested at your local parts chain. If it works off the car, then I would check the rest of the starter circuit.
It would be the ignition or those ignition wires because of the kill switch being poorly installed, id try tracing wires first and replace anything thats been cut/spliced into. if not change the ignition
Check and make sure you are getting power to the ignition switch and to the stator wire on the starter. Turn the key on and and measure the volts going to the starter on both wires. You should a atleast 12 volts going to the stator wire and to the main wire from the battery. If you are not getting power there it could be a fuseable link in the power wire from the ignition. I noticed that you replaced the ignition switch make sure the rod from the key switch has not come out of the switch.
He's right I would check Neutral safety switch first. Make sure B+ only comes out of one end of it when pedal is released. Only time B+ must be out of both sides of this is when pedal is depressed. Ignition switch can't go to starter directly B+ starts at ign switch to neutral safety to solenoid on starter.
Most neutral safety switches can be adjusted.
You need a new starter! if you go under the passenger side of the motor that's were the starter is and just hit it with a wrench a couple of times and it should start. Couple of my remote start customers thought the remote was the problem till i showed them this fact. The starter is under the vehicle
I'd heat it up with a blow torch if I had to but:
Your starter is probably going bad! You can try smacking it with a hammer, believe it or not, which might get you going. I've seen this done!
The starter probably developed a moisture problem and is shorting out when cold and I heard this is a really cold year for you all up there!
starter ignition relay froze shut replace accordingly
i had the same problem with my 528i 1978 vintage
at the time i didnt have the money for the relay so i put a manual start on it and ran inside vehicle till i could replace the ignition relay put key in turned to on and hit the starter and i was 3000 miles away from home i had to crawl under vehicle to get this put on but worth it at the time