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Old 06-08-2001, 11:32 PM
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Please help me I am out of ideas. I have a 78 240-D with a strange problem. The car won't start. When the key is turned nothing happens. There is no noise at all. I have replaced the battery and starter. The first time I replaced the starter it worked for about 5 months, then one day the problem started all over again. Thinking I had got a bad starter I got a new one under warranty. This time It only worked a few days. I removed the starter and had it tested. The starter seems to work great. After putting the starter back in the car it started three times then nothing. I noticed the positve cable had some corrosion on it so I replaced that. The car started great for a few more days and then, Bang another no start. It seems if I remove the starter and put it back in it starts for a while then will stop working. What the heck is going on. The ground cable seems fine but just to be sure I ran a cable from the negative post staight to the starter with no results. Please help me I am stumped.
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Old 06-09-2001, 12:01 AM
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I would buy or borrow a remote starter switch,any large auto parts store should have one. Then hook it up to the starter and try starting the engine with it. (key in run position ,car out of gear parking brake set) if it starts with the remote switch then the problem is in the ignition switch ,a relay or the wireing between these and the starter...A remote switch is a handy tool to have at hand for turning engine over from under the hood such as in valve adjustments ect.....
William Rogers.....
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Old 06-09-2001, 08:39 PM
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You can make your own jumper for the starter. In front of your battery there is a bunch of wires with plastic sheathing. Make a slit in this piece of plastic, reach in and pull out the purple wire. Skin back the insulation a bit and splice in a wire. Touch the other end to battery +
If your solinoid and starter are in good shape, the engine should turn over. If you want to start the car, glow the plugs. This jumper wire by-passes all safety features so make sure the park brake is set and in neutral. If your car is anything like my 1977 300D, there is a relay for the starter. It's located in the climate control box on the inner fender in front of the brake master cylinder.. There are two relays and a 2 amp. fuse in this box. One relay is for the AC clutch and starter. The other is for the aux. fan...
Bill Lewallen; Lexington,Ky.
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Old 06-10-2001, 12:49 PM
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While not exactly the same there is a similar discussion about this in the following thread. It might contain some pertinent information for you. Tell me what you think of this starter diagnosis.
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