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MOTOR TURNS OVER BUT WILL NOT START,wait 10 mins.

MOTOR TURNS OVER BUT WILL NOT START,wait 10 mins. and it will start!! it has done this 12 times over the 8 years I own it

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  • Bruce Foote May 11, 2010

    The few times it failed over the 8 years, was the cranking at normal full speed, or was it labored and slow? was it unusually cold outside? It sounds intermittant, (the hardest to capture). Important, were there any other electrical devices online when you were trying to start the vehicle, (fan, air conditioner, radio(not so much), headlights, parking lights, rear window defroster etc. Some of these devices share a common path with the ignition coil, thereby ,if there's a partial intermittant in that path, the running of these devices might reduce voltage to the coil. devices then turned off, there may be enough spark to start. Also after ten minutes , the oil you just pumped into the top of the engine, covering afresh, on the next start, the battery is a little fresher, and it's easier to crank the engine than the first time (because bathed in oil) less electrical draw on the engine( because of easier cranking) it's just enough to fire the engine. Look for semi-loose joints in the electrical system between the battery and the ignition coil, ( both plus path and minus path ) Here I'm asking for clarification, so come back with that or, if this leads you to a viable solution, please, comeback and either add your clarification, or come back with the solution you found, so we know this is answered. Thanks and good luck -- Regards -- GooseBay_Camper

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Sounds like bad battery or negitive cable problem. also make sure you engine and chasis grounds are replaced, bad grounds cause intermintent problems

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