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Starter motor intermittently starts.

Installed a new battery. Turned the key to start and and the starter did not engage. Did not here any clicking and there didn't seem to be a drain on the battery such as dimming lights, etc. Used a screwdriver to jump terminals on the solenoid and this starts it everytime. Go back and try starting with key and I have success on and off two or three times. Come back later and the same problem, turn the key and nothing. I changed the starter relay and this did not remedy. Planning to check the wiring connections next.

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  • papas yards Jan 31, 2009

    i have the exact same problem with my 98 any more ideas?? papas yards.

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I had the same problem change battery terminals and cables that lead to engine and starter seemed to fix my problem give it a try.

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