Attempted restart on cold mornings -- NOTHING! Not a click from starter

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Byrocat, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Byrocat

    Byrocat Guest

    This is getting to be a frustration point.

    Car is a 1994 850 2.4 litre with automatic.

    I start the car, and it can be idling for a while (like this morning).
    I stop the engine and then go for a restart (going back into the
    locked house) a very short time later.

    When I turn the ignition key, I get nothing. The dash lights come on
    but there's no sound from the engine -- not even a clicking from the

    This goes for a period of up to an hour. Suddenly, everything works.

    I've had this with a totally cold engine, with a slightly warmed
    engine, even once on the highway.

    What should I be looking at when I next take it to the shop?

    Any other advice other than "don't shut it off!"
    Byrocat, Nov 9, 2004
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    Bonnet Lock Guest

    In an earlier contribution to this discussion,

    Presumably there's an interlock on the gear selector which prevents the
    engine from starting in anything other than P or N? Have you tried waggling
    the gear selector in case the interlock is operating when it shouldn't be?
    Bonnet Lock, Nov 9, 2004
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    radietz Guest

    The electrical portion of the ignition switch is a notorious weak point.
    Starters tend to fail in the manner you describe. Someone needs to check

    radietz, Nov 10, 2004
  4. Byrocat

    Guest Guest

    Firstly, dont idle a cold engine- drive it straight away.

    Secondly, try moving the shifter slightly back and forth in P and N whilst
    turning the key. If it starts, replace the PND position switch (common
    fault) If it doesnt try waggling the key from side to side whilst in the
    "start" position. If it then starts replace the ignition switch (separate
    from the lock barrel- again common fault)

    Guest, Nov 10, 2004
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    Byrocat Guest

    Thanks, Rob and Tim!

    Of course, the problem will not re-appear....

    Not very good news on the car front, literally. Took it into the shop
    and had them do a radiator flush as well as the usual OLF and tire

    Got a call about an hour after I dropped it off. "You have a leak in
    the radiator with the tranmission intercooler. This is a
    drive-no-more-till-fixed item."

    ZOUNDS! five hundred dollars' worth of Zounds!

    PLUS, my wife's little red rocket-sled (S40T) went in and is in need
    of a complete set of booties (tires)....

    Well, there go the Christmas gifts -- everyone's getting socks and
    month-of-the-year underwear and pencils...
    Byrocat, Nov 11, 2004
  6. On the brighter side, count your blessings that it was caught before
    transmission symptoms brought it to your attention!

    Michael Pardee, Nov 13, 2004
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