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Old 02-16-07, 01:23 PM
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Son has a 1989 shadow,every so often when he turns key nothin happens ,he has lights radio ect but starter won't engage,If he leaves it for 5-10 min and tryes again it works ,Really got me stumped Any ideas????
 
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Old 02-16-07, 02:32 PM
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Possible starter. You might try whacking it with a hammer (don't hit anything breakable) when it won't crank. If it then cranks - starter.

Wouldn't hurt to clean the battery terminals and starter connections, too.
 
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Starter would be the thing to check first.........Another possobility is the Ign switch on that unit. Especially if the regular drive has a heavy key ring
 
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Old 02-16-07, 07:54 PM
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Low voltage systems having to produce lots of power, like to a starter, are very susceptible to excess resistance. The least corrosion or dirty connection will impede current flow so much that a high current load like a starter will just not work. Clean battery terminals and cable ends well, have the battery load tested (some parts stores will do that for free) to make sure it is good, and check the cables for corrosion at battery end, starter end, and do a bend test the whole length. Corroded cables will feel different than good cables.
Now the scary part, my neighbor had a 90 Acclaim that had a corroded cable, and the dealer charged a bundle for the cable, and another bundle for labor. Last resort, pull the starter and have it tested. It is old enough that the stators may be bad. If you have to pull it, I wouldn't put an old one back in, just get a new one. But, depending on how hard it is to replace, don't buy the cheapest one, get the premium one from your favorite parts store. Some are so hard to change out that the extra price is worth it.
 
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Starter would be the thing to check first.........Another possibility is the Ign switch on that unit. Especially if the regular driver has a heavy key ring
 
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