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Ed ford falcon with electronic?(has bundle of wire to gearbox) automatic transmission. Starter motor always cranks but doesnt always engage to crank motor, mostly spins and doesnt engage or partially engage then releases before engine can fire up. this happens predominently when motor is cold or just had a 15 minute run but very rarely after approximately 1hour run. When cold can start as normal else need to gently nudge column gearshift lever a few millimetres up or down, this is the same for either in park or neutral positions. Of late the above procedure is not working so well and motor stinks of petrol by too many starting attempts, so leave for many hours before attempts to restart but basically luckless then a last ditch attempt would have starter fully engage motor and crank like crazy until motor fires up (wish it would do that every time). Dont know if relevant but smartlock light has on occasions stay lit (for about 1hourish) while driving . Have also removed courtesy fuse lamp from ceiling (has some blackening but light works) to see if get crazy cranking but above condition prevails also the car can be started (thought this only allow starter to crank but not be able to start the car). your help would be greatly appreciated, norm

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Try unhooking one of the battery cables and leave it off for at least 20 minutes. When you hook it back up the computers should re-boot. That has solved problems for me with heater, interior lites, power windows, AC, day time running lites, power mirrors, fast idle, rough or slow shifting, CD player, and wipers on GM autos and S-10 PU and Dodge trucks. None of the switches are connected to the device they control anymore. The switch tells the computer to open the window and the computer send a signal to the window motor. When the computer gets confused strange things will happen or not happen. Of course you may have to re-set your radio stations.

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