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Old 06-08-2010, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well finally after almost 5 trouble free years, I have a slight issue re: the starting of our 97 GL. I drove to work yesterday and all was well. I come out 8 hrs later and start the car. It started, but the engine seemed to turn over slowly. I drove it home and stopped for gas (had 1/2 tank), but filled it up anyway. Go to start the car and nothing but a slight crank.
I pushed the car out of the gas pump bay and into a parking spot. Waited about 1/2 hr and then tried again and it started.

I checked all the fluid levels and all was fine. I hear the fuel pump prime when a turn the key. I hought maybe a new battery would do since the old Sears DieHard Gold was about 6 years old. Put a new battery in today (Deca 6yr) for my model year.

Same thing is happening. the car starts but it is like the engine is turning over very slowly. What could be the cause? A bad starter? Alt? No trouble codes or CEL appear, nor does the ALT symbol.

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup my first thought was a bad cell in the battery, loose or corroded B+ or B- cable connection, or dragging starter motor with bad brushes, or an armature problem.

Maybe consider running this puppy by your favorite autoparts store for a no cost in vehicle electrical system check up, via their portable electrical system tester.

It can poperly load test the entire electrical system & spot things like a bad battery, battery cables, loose or corroded connections, dragging starter motor, ect & expertly used can likely pinpoint the problem.

Let us know what you find.
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Thanks, my local trusted mechanic and friend is going to test everything out for me tomorrow. The battery (Deca) is brand new and I always clean the battery cables / they are on good. Closer inspection of the starter does show the years of oil that got on it, probably from chaning the oil filter. Tested the battery already and the cables are good too.

I will let you know what I find. Reading through some of the other posts that have had similar symptoms, it very well may be the starter (will replace w/ new orig part - no reman stuff). The fuel pump activating and everythign else electrical works fine.

The starter seem pretty simple to remove and reinstall.
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Either a weak battery or the starter is starting to die.

My starter did the same thing and battery tested fine, i put a new starter on there before it left me stranded and it starts like a champ now with a quick spin.

If the battery isn't testing bad, you can't find corrosion or a bad cable the starter motor is probably on its way out.

Also the starter is pretty easy to remove, just got to get it from under the car and a couple bolts.

My starter was a reman with a lifetime warranty and the guy gave me a new one with a lifetime warranty because he didn't have any in stock. This is my 2nd new starter in 10 years and 123k miles.
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, it was in fact the starter. Had a Ford Unit installed and all is back to normal on start-up. Def. can tell the diff when starting the car.

All battery cables, battery & ignition tested great.
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