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Old 03-12-2007, 01:03 AM
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Yeah, this car was built before "1984" & "big brother", when people were allowed to think for themselves!! Can't remember to keep it in neutral before starting?? Guess what, someday you will take out your garage door!!

And before you jump to conclusions, yeah I have had a couple leap ahead when starting as well. Driveway has a slope and the '57 Bug didn't like to have handbrake set in the icy/wet days of winter.

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Old 03-12-2007, 01:34 AM
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I was trained by learning to drive in newer cars. I automatically depress the clutch before starting.

Seems odd that they would put a neutral safety switch on the autos, but nothing on the sticks though.
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Old 03-12-2007, 01:48 AM
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Seems odd that they would put a neutral safety switch on the autos, but nothing on the sticks though.
Probably because the autos take a second to build up pressure before they engage whereas the manuals respond instantly.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:38 AM
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When this happens, use the blunt end of the lug wrench to jump between the lug that goes into the starter motor proper, and the bottom lug of the starter solenoid. Make this a momentary jump. THEN try starting with the key. You are basically turning the starter just a little and it will usually allow it to work for awhile thereafter.

If this works, and I expect it will, it is time to change the solenoid and adjust it with the eccentric so that it will catch every time.

Good luck,
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ForcedInduction View Post
Not on mine.
Mine either.
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:58 AM
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Just had to replace my starter because the solenoid went out and gave me nothing when I first turned the key but if I persisted it might do something but warms up the solenoid bolt like crazy and smoked. Simple replacement (I just did it a year ago) fixed this.
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:46 PM
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Hey Gang, i've been dealing with my 1985 300D Turbo, 189000 miles, in terms of it not starting from the ignition. I've had the neutral safety switch and ignition switch recently replaced. When i can't start it up from the ignition I'll go to the juction box on the engine-passenger side. What else should I be considering as it relates to this issue? Thanks for any and all advice.

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Old 03-12-2007, 04:09 PM
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Get in the car put it in 1st. Then press the clutch and turn the key. While you do that, have your wife whack you with a rolling pin. It will do nothing to help start the car but since your both new at this married thing you might as well start getting used to the last part.

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