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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 03, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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I am wondering if anyone has a diagram or knowledge of the route of the starter solenoid wire (the smaller red wire in the 3 o'clock position on the solenoid). My car is a 91 RS w/ 3.1 Auto
The starter is new and works fine when the terminals are jumped but does nothing with the key in start position. Is there a fuse or fusible link on this wire (or a relay)? I cleaned the connections at the starter, the battery and the block behind the Passenger side headlight and have had no luck. Thanks for any help.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 03, 01:31 PM
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maybe your ignition switch is toast, or fell out of adjustment. or the neutral safety switch could be bad or out of adjustment. i think the neutral safety switch is mounted on the shifter- take off the console cover and look for a purple wire, if they use the same coloring as the older cars do. check for power with a test light while you move the key around, and with the shifter in different positions.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 03, 06:50 PM
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If your ignition key has the little magnet on it that may be causing the problem. They go bad after a while. I'm not sure if it keeps it from turning over or starting.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 07:18 AM
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Check for broken "Pass Key" wires at ignition lock cylinder.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jan 29th, 03, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions. Heres one more question. The car starts and runs when jumping terminals on the solenoid with the key on. Could that eliminate the possibility of a pass key problem or not? I am not very familiar with the wiring in the ignition with respect to pass key. I have two original keys of which both yield the same results. Im 99% sure the pass keys are ok. This starting problem was intermittent at first. I had on and off starting problems three times before whatever finally took a dump and prevented starting all together. Could this possibly be the starter relay burning out?
I noticed you guys who responded have older rides which may not have starter relays- I know they used ballast resistors to control startup juice in the 50's and maybe the 60's? Anyway, thanks for all the help you can offer.
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