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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 67 RS/SS with a difficult for me to diagnose problem. I have trouble getting the starter to turn the engine. It will turn very slowly, or not at all. The battery appears good (lights come on), and I've had the alternator bench tested, and it tests out fine.

It seems as though the starter has too much resistance, or isn't strong enough to turn the motor. I can pust start the car very easily, however.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, I don't mind replacing parts, as long as they are the correct ones.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 11:37 AM
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Jeff, it sounds like your timeing could be off or it could be geting to hot from the exhaust. Does it do it only when the motor is hot?


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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 11:45 AM
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Sounds like a timing problem to me too.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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No, it doesn't do it when it's hot, that's a problem that I'd like to have, because that means that I can get it started, ha ha!

Could a timing problem mean that I couldn't even get the engine to turn over? I don't know a lot about how all of this works, but all responses and help are very appreciated.

And wouldn't I have to set the timing after I have the car running? Thanks again, I also posted this problem on the general tech page, and I added some other details that I noted, which I will repost here:

Racer, I had the starter bench tested, and it turns just fine. But of course it isn't on the car then. When I turn the key, I don't get anything, and the lights, if they are on, go out.
It really seems like the starter doesn't have enough power to turn the motor, I don't even get any clicking. I will go ahead and have the battery tested as well, however.

One last thing that I noted while I had the car running on a regular basis. I noticed that over time, the engine would turn over slower and slower. It would turn over normally, and gradually over the next month, it would turn over slower and slower. I also noticed that jump starting the car didn't seem to help too much, which is why I rightly or wrongly ruled out the battery as the problem.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 01:03 PM
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If you're not even getting any clicking, the solenoid is either shot or sticky - or your battery and ground cable connections are corroded. I'd check all the cable connections first, try that, then if you still have the problem, put a solenoid on it and try it.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 01:41 PM
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Check the ground cable don't just look at it take it loose and clean the connections

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 01, 06:12 PM
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Hey, this might work, I just finished putting my 350 in an got a new mini starter. While turning it over it would go very slow or not at all. I then realized that I hooked the ground to the car instead of the engine. After I hooked it up to the engine the damn thing turned over quicker then ever. Hope this will help.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Mar 20th, 01, 07:04 PM
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dudemake sure you dont have a ground wire attached to the starter that is the same problem i had building my buddies 383. it sounds like its gonna turn over and you swear the batteries dead or somethng but it was that damn ground wire. now it just cranks right up
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