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Old 28 Oct 2012, 12:20 pm
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Default Manual 2001 Cruiser won't star, intermittent

Had some problems with it starting here and there, gradually getting worse and worse with the no-starts. Now it won't start at all.

No crank
All lights come on in the dash like it's ready to start
Battery is good
Last time we got it to start was a few days ago, thought we fixed the problem, shut it off and haven't got it to start since.

Was thinking it has to do something with the clutch interlock switch. Tested for continuity in the connector and I can't seem to get any. Test light will not light up at all.

Sound familiar to anyone at all?
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Old 28 Oct 2012, 12:26 pm
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when yout turn your key over to the on position do you hear your fuel pump buzzing? if so that's take that out the question. if you don't hear it then that very well maybe your problem.
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when yout turn your key over to the on position do you hear your fuel pump buzzing? if so that's take that out the question. if you don't hear it then that very well maybe your problem.
Oh yeah, I can hear my fuel pump come on.

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Oh yeah, I can hear my fuel pump come on.
Try tapping on the starter while someone turns the key. If that works get you a new starter.
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Hmm no power to the clutch safety switch? That sounds kinda odd but.. on my Toyota's I pulled the connector for the safety switch and jumper them with a paper clip.

I tested it with a 12 volt test light, can't remember what it did? But it had been my problem on my mini Truck, that fixed it.

Did the same thing on the Tercel just cause I could..only started it in gear once and almost hit the wall!

German cars in 1989 anyway don't have a neutral safety switich...guess the Germans figure if your not smart enough to make sure the car is in neutral...then you should not be driving anyway!

But jump it if you have to check battery for 13 volts and if it's good...then look at...Battery Cables!
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Old 28 Oct 2012, 01:43 pm
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Try tapping on the starter while someone turns the key. If that works get you a new starter.
I actually jumped the started, started clicking but won't crank still, did this while another person hit it with a hammer.

Talk to a Chrysler tech, said jumping the starter without depressing the clutch still won't start it. Doesn't make sense to me haha.
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I actually jumped the started, started clicking but won't crank still, did this while another person hit it with a hammer.

Talk to a Chrysler tech, said jumping the starter without depressing the clutch still won't start it. Doesn't make sense to me haha.
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Pull your battery out and have it tested. It could have a bad cell which would prevent enough amperage to crank engine. If the battery has a dead short the car won't turn over even when trying to jump start it, but could provide just enough power to light up your dash lights. I've had this happen to me on other cars.
Also, make sure your battery connections are clean including the ground connections to the car.

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