Ignition Problem, 1989 328 GTS

Discussion in '308/328' started by, May 2, 2009.


    Mar 21, 2009
    Ventura, CA
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    Tim Mikel
    Frequently, when I turn the key to start the car, the usual dash lights go on, etc., but the engine does not turn over, just clicks once then nothing. Sometimes it happens one time, and then the next try the engine will turn over. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get it to turn over, and sometimes it just starts right up the first time. This is not a huge problem, but I'm afraid at some point it won't turn over at all, and I'm going to be stuck somewhere!

    Have any of you had anything similar happen to you?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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  3. GrigioGuy

    GrigioGuy Splenda Daddy
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    Nov 26, 2001
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    Chris P. Bakon
    This might be simplistic, but how old is your battery? Have you checked for corrosion on the terminals?

    Mine exhibited the same symptoms, fortunately it was just a battery.
  4. Alfer

    Alfer Formula 3

    Sep 4, 2007
    NH/the Netherlands
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    I also think that you have to look at the battery but it might well be as simple as better connect the cables to the battery. Remove the cables, clean and use some vaseline and put the cables on again and tighten them well. Also look at the mass cable if it is well connected without corrosion to the steel body.

    Menno (1988 328 GTS)
  5. D.J.

    D.J. Karting

    Mar 15, 2008
    East Norriton, Pa
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    Douglas J Schrack
    Be careful on this, my switch did the same thing and as I tryed to get the key out, almost as if in slow motion I watched the spark travel down to the fuse box and puff..., smoke and fuse box meltdown.

  6. ducowti

    ducowti Formula 3

    Jan 27, 2008
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    What you're describing sounds to me like what my car suffered and recently another FChatter's 308 suffered. In both our cases it was the white wire (to battery) connection at the ignition switch being loose or otherwise weakly connected. You can check yours by contorting yourself on your back, legs and waist sticking out of the car, torso angled under the dash directly beneath the ignition switch looking up. Check the connection and secure if necessary, see if your issue continues.

    It's probably the easiest thing to check.
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    Mar 21, 2009
    Ventura, CA
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    Tim Mikel
    I made sure that the white ignition wire was connected well, and the cleaned, lubricated, and tightened both battery terminals.

    Well, these appear to have solved the problem!

    I'm very grateful. Thanks guys so much!

  9. Iain

    Iain F1 Rookie

    Jan 21, 2005
    As others have said, check the connections at the battery - also the big red connecor on the earth strap & the earth connection to the body/chassis. Also in that circuit is a similar big red bullet connector under the car. Its hiddin under a plastic cover about 1 foot in front of the engine, you need to undo a couple of 10mm bolts to get to it. Its a "u" shaped plastic thing maybe 10 inches long in line with the chassis rail to the left side.

    I had a very similar problem & after going through all the above connections & taking them all off/apart & cleaning & re-assembling (about 2 years ago) I havn't had a problem since.
  10. jonesdds

    jonesdds Formula 3

    Aug 31, 2006
    SB,CA & Park City UT
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    Glad you fixed the problem.

    Let's see some pictures of your car. Is it a new car or have you had it awhile? Good to hear from someone nearby, few fchatters in Ventura and SB as well.

    Welcome to Fchat.


    Mar 21, 2009
    Ventura, CA
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    Tim Mikel
    #9, May 9, 2009
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  13. mustardfj40

    mustardfj40 Formula 3

    Jun 17, 2004
    Northen California
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    That is beautiful!!!!
  14. flyingboa

    flyingboa Formula 3

    Nov 27, 2003
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    I love that interior combo :)
  15. mondial5183

    mondial5183 Karting

    Nov 17, 2007
    I had the same symptoms few months ago with my Mondial. The battery was one year old. I cleaned the battery contacts and i injected "electrical contact aerosol" in the neimann and since it's ok.

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