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Old 02-20-2006, 01:22 AM
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Starter Trouble

Im having a problem with my starter not engaging. When trying to start my car the starter would, basically, freeze up, which would be corrected by, the oh so professional way, of giving it several good knocks with a hammer. Then I noticed that there were sparks coming from the area when it was engaging. So, I got a new starter, installed it, and I still have the same problem of it freezing, seizing, or whatever requiring the aforementioned knocking to remedy it. Any ideas as to what the real issue might be?

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Old 02-20-2006, 02:40 AM
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Question sparks?

Sparks?
#1. Electrical sparks???
#2. Metal grinding sparks???

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Old 02-20-2006, 03:25 AM
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I'm fairly sure it was electrical sparks, which could have explained the electrical short that was draining my battery. Any ideas?

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When you replaced the Starter, did you also replace the Solenoid?
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:41 PM
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Lightbulb Hmmm

1981 300 SD Turbo 390,000 miles.

I hope you did replace the solenoid + starter.

The cable from battery to starter may be damaged, but I would check the ground cable from body to transmission bell housing for corrosion damage = very bad connection.

The simplest test for a bad engine ground is to connect battery jumper cables to the negative battery post, and engine block, then try starting, if there is a massive improvement = BAD engine ground = repair or replace engine ground cable, and clean battery to body ground connection point.

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