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Unread 11-03-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
charlierh2
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No Ignition Power, Then Starts, but has Issues

I'm having a problem occasionally when starting my 02 GC. I turn the key to the start position and nothing happens, no lights on my dash and and no sounds from under the hood. If I leave the key in the run position for a few seconds the guages cycle and jump around and the dash lights come on and it starts normally. After that I have had two separate instances of what happens next:

The first time the engine started but immediately died, so I gave it some gas and it ran fine after it warmed up (behaving as it I was starting a carbed engine cold without choking it). There were no other symptoms.

The second time the clock, mpg and trip mileage indicators had all reset, but the radio station presets had not. This time the engine ran fine.


A little history: last winter the starter died and I killed the ignition switch trying to start it. The ignition switch and started were both replaced. The battery is about 18 months old and holds a charge well enough for 6-8 hours of loud radio play so I doubt its causing any problems. There is a little corrosion on the battery post which I haven't gotten around to cleaning yet, but it looked minimal.

The "trick" I've noticed for starting it is to let the key sit on run for a second or two before cranking the engine, so far it has started fine every time using that method.

Thanks very much for any insight.

Charlie

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Unread 11-03-2008, 05:18 PM   #2
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Clean the corrosion on the battery terminal and report back. Wj's are finikey about the battery connections
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Unread 12-07-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
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I took another look at the battery and it was relatively clean and the connections were tight, but I cleaned it up anyway just to make sure. I keep waiting for the problems to return but its been a month and it starts fine every time. I'm really amazed. First step to any electrical problems will always be clean the battery connections first.

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