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M6 WSC

Hi All,

I've got an issue with my Westie that I hope someone can shed some light on.

Recently when I go to start the car, nothing happens... I'll explain.

1. Turn key on

2. Wiggle immobilizer fob next to wire, can hear fuel pumps running

3. Press the start-stop button, and it just makes a 'click' and the starter motor does nothing. (The click seems to come from around the induction side of the duratec)

However, 1 time in 20 or so, it starts fine!

Things I've checked already:

1. Battery - fully charged

2. Starter motor - works fine during the time when it actually starts

3. Fuel pumps - Working

4. Immobiliser - Pretty sure the fob + wire contact is working fine.

5. Same issue whether it's a hot or cold start

 

Any thoughts?

Many thanks as always,

Rob 

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Captain Colonial

Ground wire

Starter solenoid 

Bad cell on battery - you can still get a 12.7v reading on a battery with a duff cell.

Suggest trying a jump start to see f it works, then if it does, repeat it several times for proof of concept.  Good luck!

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Terry Everall - WSCC Competition Secretary

When you say the battery is fine what voltage is it to start with and what is it when you turn ignition/starter? 

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Thrustyjust

Starter solenoid dicky. Strip it, clean and regrease. 

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SootySport

By pass the immobiliser just check it's not that.   Does seem it's the starter or solenoid, battery problem.

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Terry Everall - WSCC Competition Secretary

Certainly worth trying a start with jump leads connected to another battery

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M6 WSC

Thanks everyone - willl try that today :)

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Phil J

I had very similar starting problems on my runaround tin top, it turned out that it was as simple as corrosion between the battery terminals and connecting leads. Cleaned the terminals to shiny metal and problem solved.

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