I have a 1996 GT, 5-speed manual transmission.
A couple of months ago, I noticed that my car wouldn't start. When you
turn the key, all you would hear is a click (I am assuming it is the
starter solenoid). Then, if you turn the key again and again,
sometimes you get lucky and the car starts right up as if there were
nothing wrong at all!
I had my battery and starter tested. Battery was bad, but starter was
good. Just to be safe, I replaced BOTH items, and I made sure that all
connections to the starter and battery were clean and VERY tight.
Car did fine for a while, and then the non-start problem reappeared.
This time I removed the ignition key lock cylinder and sprayed inside
the steering column with a generous amount of electronic contact
I put the car back together and it started very regularly after that.
Maybe once in a GREAT while it wouldn't start, but simply turning the
key a second time would make the car fire up right away.
It might be my imagination, but I believe the problem happens more
often in warmer weather.
Well, now my car absolutely REFUSES to start. I just get the click
when I turn the key. NOTHING else. It WILL NOT turn over at all.
Honestly, I am out of ideas here!
Is there a part that commonly fails on cars this old?
Could it be the ignition switch under the dash?
Is there a switch connected to the clutch pedal? Something else?
(INTERESTING NOTE: When my car was healthy, I could start it even if
my foot was OFF of the clutch pedal.)
I am really tired of dealing with this. What could possibly be wrong
with my car?
Many, many thanks in advance....