355, turn ignition key, and it's DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by 355BOY, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. 355BOY

    355BOY Formula Junior

    Jan 28, 2004
    the North
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    This happened three times on my drive. I left it 10mins then tried again and it started. Radio works etc etc

    This has happened on 3 occasions, has anybody any ideas??


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  3. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2003
    North shore, MA
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    THE Birdman
    Won't crank at all, or cranks and won't catch?
  4. Robertb

    Robertb Formula 3

    Nov 19, 2003
    South Oxfordshire, U
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    Faulty immobiliser?
  5. 355BOY

    355BOY Formula Junior

    Jan 28, 2004
    the North
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    Just won't crank at all, I thought about the imobiliser, but wasn't sure, can turn alarm off to get in no probs.

    Can an CAT ECU problem cause this?

  6. kenyon

    kenyon F1 Rookie

    Oct 7, 2002
    East Yorkshire
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    Justin Kenyon
    It might be the starter motor sticking. Hit the starter case with a hammer or put car in 1st gear and rock the car backward and forward, this might release the starter...
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  8. chaa

    chaa F1 Veteran

    Mar 21, 2003
    Yes i had that, it was my starter. I taped it now is great again. that was 5 months ago.
  9. Vito

    Vito Formula Junior
    Rossa Subscribed

    Apr 29, 2004
    Dutchess County, NY
    I had a similar problem on my '82 Mondial. The cause was traced to a dirty ignition switch wherein the contacts had a bit of corrosion. The switch was removed, the contacts cleaned & the problem resolved. It was an easy solution to a perplexing problem.
  10. Steve Magnusson

    Steve Magnusson F1 World Champ
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    Jan 11, 2001
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    Steve Magnusson
    "Can an CAT ECU problem cause this?"

    No -- i.e., I believe a cat ECU problem can inactivate an injection bank, but it can't prevent the starter motor from cranking the engine over when asked (if all else is OK). Are the connections at the back of the starter solenoid accessible (and are you interested in checking/doing some things yourself)?
  11. Steve_nero

    Steve_nero Formula Junior

    Nov 4, 2003
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    It sounds like a immobiliser and/or maybe the alarm battery not working and de-activating incorrectly. Sometimes I have to press the alarm button on the key fob then crank the engine otherwise nothing happens just like a flat battery or a sticking starter.

    If the starter motor was stuck, leaving it 10 mins would not fix the problem.
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  13. 355BOY

    355BOY Formula Junior

    Jan 28, 2004
    the North
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    Good points from everybody. THANK YOU.

    I will start with a new key fob battery and work upwards financially from there



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