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karlp karlp is offline
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Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Theodore, AL, USA
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I had very a very similar problem. Car would always start in the morning, usually get me home for lunch, would never start after lunch. I ended up leaving it on charge during lunch all the time, then getting a jump at work. Slowly got worse and worse.
Last straw was when I went to rescue my wife and her car. We had to leave hers there for a while and come home in mine. After we stopped for gas, she did not appreciate pushing me across the parking lot to get it running.
That night we took the starter off and took it apart. I found that the linkage that the solenoid pushes was binding. cleaned it all up, filed off some sharp edges, a touch of gear lube, and it hasn't missed a lick since.
Old 04-03-2002, 12:15 PM
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