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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 106
posted April 07, 2005 12:39 PM  
Starter issues.
Twice since getting the car together this has happended. 13.7v to ford solenoid.

I am getting juice to the the starter button, juice outbound when it is actuated.

I tried jumping the ford solenoid with no results.

I tried going from the hot battery cable prior to ford solenoid right to starter still nothing.

Then after monkeying around, all of a sudded it will work just fine.

Is it gm starter? Ford solenoid? or perhaps ground?


Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 53
posted April 07, 2005 12:57 PM  
Check your pm Rook

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 07, 2005 04:57 PM  
Like racer 17j said the jumper wire can cause problems like that. Since you said you went from hot side of the Ford solenoid straight to the started I would lean towards this or a bad starter?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 238
posted April 08, 2005 06:03 AM  
Double check your grounding first. It is the simplest solution and adheres to the "KISS" method of troubleshooting and repair.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 238
posted April 08, 2005 06:37 AM  
Re read this, and the "no juice out of the starter button switch" jumped out at me. I definately think it is a grounding problem. I don't imagine you were using the the neg side of the battery for your reference for the voltage measurement, but rather chassis ground. If you painted the chassis (or powder coated) that can insulate the ground and cause you all sorts of headaches. Dave

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 270
posted April 08, 2005 08:18 AM  
The ford solenoid should click when you hit the button.If it doesn't its a bad ground from batt or bad solenoid, even the button can be bad from washing(corrosion) or vibration.Loosen all your connections wiggle the cable connector and re-tighten, check for corrosion. If it clicks then the jumper wire on the starter needs to be checked.If that is ok then it is possible the starter solenoid on the starter is no good (it still has to work even with the remote Ford solenoid).If it clicks at the starter but no go,you have an internal starter problem that can be intermittent.If everything is clicking try tapping the starter while someone holds the starter button down.Possibly corrosion in the starter.Some dirt tracks have a high alkali content that corrodes copper windings and connections.If the starter is a couple years old it could be the brushes are worn out too. Good Luck!

[This message has been edited by Dman (edited April 08, 2005).]

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 338
posted April 08, 2005 01:10 PM  
had same problem last year at the track , it was a poor ground. we ran a seperate wire from the plate on the sol. to the motor and its worked great ever since.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 106
posted April 11, 2005 09:10 AM  
Thanks guys...I found the problem at the track this weekend. Broken positive cable end...It was barely hanging on after the heat, lucky to finish.

Thanks for help tho.

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