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2006 Malibu has a recurring starting problem. It cranks but will not start. Wait a little while and it starts just fine. Computer diog always says the fuel pumps bad. Fuel pump has been replaced twice. There's a starting relay in the truck that has now been replaced twice. Battery replaced becasue we were told low voltage caused the problem. It's been towed at lease 15 times in the last 6 months.

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  • tmcalister Oct 16, 2010

    What exactly would the starter bendex have to do with the car not starting. I does crank. Is there something in that area that prevents the fuel system from going active.

  • tmcalister Oct 16, 2010

    I was advised to have the starter bendex replaced. I'm not sure what the starter bendex has to do with it not starting. It crnaks but will not start.

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I have the same problem with my relay i also have the same car. Its because the wiring set up to the relay over heats. I heard it would cost about 800 to fix. You would need a new wiring harness. Next time it doesn't start full out the relay or tap on it. And it should start.

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Your top says 2006 but you say 1998.Either way here we go.Please read the bottom first then if that doesn't work or sound right,there's much to learn.I hope your double replacements were warrantied,not too costly.Those internal diag. within the cars are somewhat accurate,but I normally see what it says and go from there,even with a shop one too,the $90+ ones.Since a fuel pump costs so much and is so difficult to do,I would be reluctant to just replace it without checking out some of the far less expensive possibilities which could result in that reading.Most start and engine operation systems have pretty much the same basic components.Since it does crank,everything up to the PCM(powertrain control module)is good,the start relay,brake pedal down,brake sensor on,pedal sensor knows it's down,ignition switch normal,and start solenoid good,it likely would never crank if the solenoid were bad.PCM,that's basically an engine computer.I am curious what voltage they found on the battery because it would very noticeably,barely crank,if at all,if the voltage was that low.A good alkaline car battery should read close to 13V.A bad will read around 11.8,mayyybbbeeee 11.9,tops.A direct result of a fuel pump RELAY,which is next in the system(first ooutput from PCM)would be simply that your fuel guage does not move when the key is turned on and wait a few seconds for it to come up to level.I have seen many previous diagrams where also with the fuel pump relay,there is an auto shut-down relay,which,if the fuel pump relay is good,it allows the shut-down relay to send a 'everything good so far' kind of signal to a few air related sensors,oxygen,throttle position,and manifold pressure.The MORE IMPORTANT output of the shut-down relay is to the ignition coil,fuel injectors and spark plugs,which,by the way,I see no mention of it in your question.Has anyone even checked for spark?If they haven't,I would be going elsewhere immediately.If you have spark AND fuel coming from the injectors,there's not much left.Good luck! Greg

If it cranks normal ALL the time,go back to the top.If it cranks intermittently,sometimes will crank,sometimes won't,try this.Grab a hammer,seriously.Locate the starter.Tap on the starter with the hammer 4 or 5 times,not too hard,not too soft,it does require and can take quite a tap.It's hard to describe as opposed to come over and I'll show you.Try to start the car.If it doesn't start,try several more times.If it does start,it's most likely 1 of 2 things.The starter,or the ignition is starting to go bad or maybe a bad connection in the ignition wiring harness.I am not in this strictly for money.I have no typing background so it's basically 2 fingers.Answers like this one,minimum 45 minutes.I answered 800+ questions last month and probably less than 10% had the opportunity to make money from the answer,if approved.I just have a wide variety of experience in car,electrical/electronic,appliance and other things and am satisfied with helping people less knowledgable about the products and ways people get ripped off by numerous industries EASILY without knowing.Good luck! Greg If you need more help,just comment back here and I will get an autolink to your post.

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Friend, You have done more than enough. Enough would have been if you had got the bendex repaired/replaced. It is a small part of the starter motor that pulls and pushes the starting pinion forward and backward to engage and disengage the flywheel. Please have it checked now.

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