Left the car parked until this evening in front of the auto parts store
where it crapped out. Planned to have it towed after hours but I went
back and it started. Starter sounded a little strange but it started.
At home it started again, several times.
Any guesses as to what could cause this? It was not hot. I had only
driven it a few blocks to the auto parts store.
Make sure the battery connections are clean and tight. If
you have a starter solenoid mounted on the right inner
fender, those are common problems. Another common problem
is corrosion of the ignition connection to the starter which
tends to corrode and loosen over time. There once was a TSB
on this. The terminal should be removed, cleaned and
tightened. It needs to be tightened. Tightening can
sometimes be accomplishes by sqyeezing it a bit with pliers.
If the corrosion is bad, the wire end of the connector may
need to be replaced. If the starter still does not get the
job done, a rebuilt is in order. One other place to
consider is the ignition switch if yours is one of those
that should have been replaced because of the recall a few
years ago. There was also a TSB on that.
The battery was fully charged and the terminals clean. The solenoid is
on the starter so..... It was just so weird the way it went from
working to nothing, zip, not a click or sound of any kind to starting
The auto parts store is only two blocks from home so it wasn't a heat
factor. Think it will turn out to be the starter but it sure is
strange. Will post in case anyone is curious.
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