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#1 (permalink) Old 01-28-2008, 09:32 PM
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Okay so I've narrowed it down. Has anybody here had problems with their starter motor? Replaced your starter motor? Replaced the starter relay/solenoid? How much would it cost to replace a starter motor? If you have any experience on this matter, PLEASE REPLY. I'm sick of sitting on my ass with a dead car time and time again repeatedly flipping the switch/jamming the clutch. Honestly, I looked over the service manual and can't find the relay/solenoid even if my life depended on it.


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Okay, so lets set the scene. It's pretty cold here, around 40 degree average, not as bad as east coast-- but colder than I'd like it. Eh, some scene that was. Anyway, just recently I've been having trouble starting my Z. I've got about 400 miles shy of 40k on the car and sometimes, even after I've driven the whole day, it won't start. I get in, clutch in, turn the key and the dash lights go off, but no cranking. A lot of times I notice that if I return the shifter to neutral instead of first, it sometimes works better. Other times I've noticed if I give the clutch a few extra kicks, it starts. I thought it was the clutch safety switch, but now I'm thinking it could be the starter solenoid too. Any input on this?

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Maybe reset the clutch. It's got a lock.

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How do I go about resetting the clutch? This is still happening to me to this post. It's a bit bearable for now. I find that it happens more often if I left it in first while parked. It also happens when I leave it in neutral though- not as much. The only way I can get it to start is to kick the clutch a few times. Is it possible that my clutch safety switch has a loose bracket or something?

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I'm starting to think it's the starter relay/solenoid now. I'll look for it in the service manual this weekend.

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Sorry for resurrecting this, but I finally fixed it. Turns out the clutch safety switch went bad. I bought a new one from Courtesy Parts for like, 24 bucks shipped or something close to that. Car starts perfectly normal now. Figure I'd tie up some posts before I leave.

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Well done! It's always awesome to diagnose and solve a problem yourself! And then think about all the money you saved by not going to the stealership!

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