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9/9/18 12:08am - Original Message: 'No crank or click'
Johnny605
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I have an 1982 CE and after driving it, will turn the car off. Then about five minutes later, try the start the car again, nothing happens. All the courtsey lights work, radio operates, and so does windows. Was at Auto Zone, I had them check my battery and it was at 80% charge. Try to jump the car, nothing. They install a new battery with the same results. After 15 to 20 minuets, try one more time and this time the care started. We still had the new battery, then put my battery back in, and the car started right up. Everything I have read, points to either the neutral safety switch or the starter interupt relay. Dont want to start replacing parts without knowing what is causing the issue. Any ideas where I need to start looking.
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9/9/18 12:49am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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How about the starter itself? Has the voltage at the starter and solenoid been checked with the key in the start position when it doesn't start?

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9/9/18 12:56pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Iím not sure that the starter or solenoid is the problem. Either they work or they donít. Check the wiring to both and they all look good.
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9/9/18 1:36pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Johnny605 said: Either they work or they donít. 


Not necessarily....a solenoid can work on one start and not the next. Try tapping on the starter while some holds the key to "Start". If it cranks over, your problem is solenoid or starter related.

To test for power, you need to use a multi-meter, or test light. Hook up to the "S" terminal on the solenoid, which will be the purple wire closest to the engine block. With the key in the "Start" position, you should see battery voltage on that wire, whether it cranks or not. If you do NOT see battery voltage there, then you can go to the neutral safety(or clutch) switch and do the same test for battery voltage(purple/white wire) while in the "Start" position. If no batt voltage AT the NSS, then you have an ignition switch(or wiring) issue, or......since this is an '82, you also have the theft deterrent system to deal with, which is another ball game altogether. 





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9/9/18 9:38pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Iím little confused, the problem only occurs when the engine is hot. If I start the engine when its cold, it starts perfectly. Can the starter or solenoid fail when the engine is hot?
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9/9/18 10:22pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Yes.

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9/9/18 10:44pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Johnny605 said: Iím little confused, the problem only occurs when the engine is hot. If I start the engine when its cold, it starts perfectly. Can the starter or solenoid fail when the engine is hot?


Yes, my '78 did that.  Once it cooled down some it would start.  Had to replace the solenoid.


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9/9/18 11:59pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Thanks, looks like I will be pulling off the starter/solenoid and have it tested.
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9/10/18 12:17am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Before you do that, do the tests that Adams Apple proposed. Besides if the starter and/or solenoid only fail when hot, then chances are they will pass testing st room temp. Then you'll have to go back and do the testing.

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9/21/18 4:24am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Johnny, not sure how you've got on with this, I was away and unable to post.

But, it definitely sounds like a problem that seems more common over in the UK than in the US strangely.  When the starter/solenoid get hot, the resistance increases and starting doesn't happen.  As said, a test will not reproduce the same scenario, so is not conclusive.

I had this issue about 15 years ago and a starter rebuild solved it.  But, it began to re-occur recently.  I pulled the starter and thoroughly cleaned the solenoid inside and out.  But I also went over EVRY wiring connection to the starter, from the battery onwards, cleaning and tightening them all.   Once everything was refitted it was test time - the starter nearly turned the whole car over!

So, I'd start with a clean of everything, and see what happens after that.


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9/21/18 8:41am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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"IF" you have headers, and no heat protection from the headers to starter, you need to add a shield to the starter. It's pretty common when hot engines with headers put to much heat on starter, and it doesn't work till cool. Big blocks are VERY susceptible to this .

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9/21/18 7:53pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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I've had both problems on different cars over the years and I always find
that the heat soaked starter from headers will try weakly to start like a dead/failing battery but would start when cold, starter shield/cover solves that problem. A total no attempt to start, turn over, no click symptom was always a bad solenoid. Hammer on solenoid usually works for s hort time until solenoid fails completely.


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9/21/18 8:49pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Replace the starter/solenoid and the engine starts much. Still having the same problem, but need to wait a shorter time before the car starts again. I have order a heat shield and will install once it arrives.

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9/21/18 9:19pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Hope the heat shield works. I also went to a high torque starter, that may also help.

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9/22/18 3:46am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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danascar said:
I've had both problems on different cars over the years and I always find
that the heat soaked starter from headers will try weakly to start like a dead/failing battery but would start when cold, starter shield/cover solves that problem. A total no attempt to start, turn over, no click symptom was always a bad solenoid. Hammer on solenoid usually works for s hort time until solenoid fails completely.


i had exact the same with my 66 mustang. no cranking anymore when engine was hot, had to wait 20 min and car started again. the starter has worn out cause of the heat impact of the headers all those years... a heat shield didn't help anymore,  had to replace the starter and problem was solved.. 

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9/22/18 2:40pm - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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You might consider using a Ford solenoid system which I have on my Vette/truck.The thing you have to be sure about is the grounding of the solenoid as we don't have an abundance of metal under hood in Vettes..I have this set up for 5 years on  "lame" starters on both my Vette and '72 C10 truck..With this set up the staret never has 12 volt to it until you try and start the vehicle,meaning the heavy gauge wire/solenoid is cold and not hot from headers..        nosa1       Sal C 






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9/26/18 3:13am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Johnny605 said: Replace the starter/solenoid and the engine starts much. Still having the same problem, but need to wait a shorter time before the car starts again. I have order a heat shield and will install once it arrives.




Did you go right through all the electrical connections?  Ensure everything is clean, battery terminals included, earth straps etc.   A new starter and solenoid shouldn't give issues....

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10/10/18 4:27am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Had the same problem, have power but not even a click, replaced starter and solenoid and new wiring harness to starter. Same problem. Got a new anti theft relay and wile I was installing it I just unplugged it and tried to start the car. Acted just like my problem. Installed the new relay and it started right up. Unplugged the alarm module and will see if that was shutting off my relay! Update, relay was not the problem finally got it hot and same no click issue. Checked the purple wire going to starter and it is getting current when I hit the starter on the key. So it is the solenoid ! New starter and solenoid, with heat shield and wrapped the header pipe. Looks like the remote solenoid or high torque starter is the next step. Already replaced the wiring harness to the starter so I know that is all good.

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9/28/18 11:48am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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Before one starts to wholesale replace parts, one needs to check for voltage at the starter and solenoid, and at the other points upstream to see where they're losing voltage if it isn't present at the starter. Otherwise you're just throwing parts at the problem. This could be a very expensive way to troubleshoot a problem. One can get a digital VOM at Harbor Freight for less than $10. A small investment that will pay itself off many times over.

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10/1/18 7:02am - Reply: 'Re: No crank or click'
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This happened to me in my 1982. For weeks/months I would venture out for a drive, maybe stopping later on for a drink, or to fill up. All done, ready to go, boom...no start. Waited about 30 minutes every time, then it would start.
 
My mechanic and I figured out that with the '82 having it's original starter still in place, it may have just simply timed itself out and was that worn. We found that the body of the starter would heat up so bad (resting very close to the dual exhaust pipes) that the housing/casing would expand, which meant the armature actually would be pulled away from the housing/casing, hence, no grounding...which meant no starting until the mechanics of all this mumbo-jumbo would have to be allowed to cool.
 
In the end, I had a modern, hi-torque, starter installed, with a heat shield installed in/around the starter which increased the heat tolerance between the starter and the exhaust pipe.  This all occurred a little over 5 years ago...never a fail to start since then. 
 
On a completely different note...my '82 is for sale...gotta make room for the '77!








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