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My contour is starting at times and when I drive it for a while it will not start. i thought it was my alternator and that was checked this checked out fine. I had the cable cleaned etc.. all of that it will run as long as I don't drive to much but sometimes it will get hot and then it will not start or it even will allow me to drive at night for a while and be fine but then it goes right back to not starting. Now I'm taking the alternator back off because i have pretty much looked at it all any suggestions?

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  • sumlino Dec 09, 2009

    That's just it. I can go out and get in it tomorrow and it will start. I go to work and drive it back home it's fine. If I have to go to the store or somewhere it will stop on me and not say or do anything. Let it sit for a bit and most times I go back to it and it will start as if nothing happend to it. Very strange I have not seen anything like this before. Yesterday we let it run for a very long time and went to turn it off and start it again and it would not do anything again. Now perhaps if it sits today and I try tomorrow it will start again. And it would seem if this would be the alternator I have driven it with the lights and and stuff on it will drive like that a while then nothing again.mmmmm

  • scary larry May 11, 2010

    Will it crank/turn over when you turn the key? Or is it silent? or just a clicking noise?



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A hot starter will not work. It is an electric motor and electric things can have problems when hot that they do not have when cold. So letting the car sit will let it cool down, also usually cooler at night.

If you remove the starter most auto parts stores can bench test it for for free. Many repair shops will do an on car starter check for a small fee.

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