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Old 08-13-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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e30 wont start :(

so here we go.....
turn the key and all the normal lights turn on and can hear the fuel pump run but no start?
so i checked:
-fuses
-battery
-50amp fuse
-starter and alternator wires
-wires/connections under the dash
so then I:
-charge the battery over night. still nothing.
-boosted the battery. still nothing.
-consulted the internet
and its said:
-starter relay?
-ignition signal wire?
-grounding wires?
-gremlims?
dose anyone have any insight or encountered a problem like this before?
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Sorry to be clear - no cranking?
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Yes sorry no cranking
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:04 PM   #4
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check engine ground straps, may need cleaning.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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Clicking?
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:56 PM   #6
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^ as they said..check for bad ground. usually most common is the oil pan to the drivers frame rail. they all corrode.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #7
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grounding strap cleaned an reinstalled. no start.
no clicking. just normal dash lights n the sound of the fuel pump humm.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #8
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You could always pull the starter and bench test it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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i was just look at that. looks like a pain to take out.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #10
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It's a bit of a pain, but once you figure it out, it can be done in an hour.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:19 PM   #11
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+1 on starter, could be a jammed solenoid.
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Old 08-14-2012, 08:47 PM   #12
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haha^^ just found something on e30tech saying that too.
actually doesn't look that bad now i've see a dyi. but i guess its gonna have to wait till tomorrow, its sitting in a parking lot at work.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:24 PM   #13
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I would start checking for voltage at one end or the other. Either the starter and work toward the battery, then to the ignition switch or the ignition to the starter. Find out where the power stops being distributed and there's your problem.

But I'm terrible with electrical work.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:50 PM   #14
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silly quesstion, is it a standard or automatic?? I am thinking clutch or Park Nuetral safety switch.

use a volt meter on the starter SMALL terminal, check for 12v when the key is turned to start, if it lights up, pull the starter and bench test, if it doesnt, then look back as to why the starter isnt getting a signal
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #15
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^^ lol, i completely forgot about that neutral switch and my eta has that problem! If your car is a automatic like my eta, i either put the selector in neutral, or i lightly put sideways pressure on the selector while starting the car. 99.99% this will always start the car.
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