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A little more detail to my ? about 93 softail.... Replaced starter and started fine about 5 times. Rode to friends house and when tried to start just clicking. Took derby off a lined gears up. Help!

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Sounds like a short killing the battery or the charging system is not working

Posted on Apr 07, 2015

  • Jim clark Apr 07, 2015

    Thx for the reply. Not the battery ect. When I lined gears up with screwdriver it fired right up. Bike started up today perfectly. Still can't figure why it failed to start yesterday and now seems fine. Brand new starter. If coupler is on backwards I would think it wouldn't start at all?

  • Tim Nissen Apr 25, 2015

    almost sounds like a posible nutral saftey switch might not be linged just right and if u line it up and it starts then it has to be a sensor.

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SOURCE: 1997 Toyota Camry won't start

The starter has two L-shape copper plates. These copper plates get used every time you start the car. After certain period of time the plates are so thin that no contact is made. So the car doesn't start. So your copper plates could be worn out. I had my replaced. And the problem is gone. If you know a good mechanic, you'll probably get fix for less than $100.

It's a common problem on Camry. They wear out prematurely.

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SOURCE: Lexus SC300 95 Several tries before starting.

Had the same problem. In my case, it was the battery cable ends that needed replacing. Car works fine now.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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SOURCE: car clicks when attempting to start,eventually starts

sounds like a bad or lose body ground

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SOURCE: (ENGINE won't TURNOVER) Just a "click" then nothing...

The reason car batteries do that is because the battery only runs your accessories and starts the car. The alternator runs the vehicle and charges the battery once it is started. If the battery is failing the charge provided by the alternator runs your accessories and the leftovercharge is displaced into the dead battery.

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SOURCE: chevy cavalier wont start randomly! makes one

Ok then, from your description and the
make/model/year of the car you have there,
it appears you've reset the VATS.

The car's security immobilizer
reader at the key switch
does not recognize the coded
chip in the ignition key any longer.

You can try to put the key
in the ignition, turn to the on position &
wait at least 10 min like that.
(Do not turn off the key switch before
10 minutes as elapsed!)

Once done, the key is re-programmed and
should allow the fuel injectors to work again.
The car would start now if corrected.

In some cases, the VATS (GM'S VEHICLE ANTI THEFT SYSTEM)
will re learn the code this way, and will then
allow the restart, however if this does not work,
then you can simply tow it to any GM vehicle dealer
to have the service department re code it.

There is a permanent solution though.
Adding the PLJX Self learning Bypass module (59.95)
will bypass the PASSLOCK system in your vehicle
for good. See this at www.PASSLOCK2.com

Good luck I hope method 1 does the trick!

Here is the 30 min relearn:

Ignition keys relearn takes about 30 min to do. 30-Minute Learn Procedure 1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF. 2. Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON; the vehicle will not start. 3. Observe the SECURITY tell tale light. After approximately 10 minutes, the light will turn OFF. 4. Turn OFF the ignition switch, and wait 5 seconds. 5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 - two more times - for a total of 3 cycles of 10 minutes. 3x10 = 30 minutes. The vehicle is now ready to relearn the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch turn from OFF to CRANK Important: Turn the Ignition Switch OFF. The vehicle learns the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or password on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle. 6. Start the engine. The vehicle has now learned the Passlock Sensor Data Code and/or password. 7. With a scan tool, clear any DTCs if needed. History DTCs will self clear after 100 ignition cycles. Without a scan tool you may have momentary starter interruptions while history clears itself.

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