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car not cranking at all :(

vr4diehl

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Alright, so a lot happened here and try to follow along:

-Last weekend, my vr4 started up
-this weekend the vr4 didn't start at all, didn't try to crank or do anything
-took out the starter and got it tested at AutoZone
-tested bad so I bought a brand new one
-Made sure all the connections weren't rusty or anything so I sanded connections and make sure they weren't all gunky and disgusting
-Plugged everything in, the battery still read correctly and everything was connected properly
-Car STILL doesn't crank at all, but all the lights, sounds, fans and fuel pump all turn on and stuff

Does anyone please have any suggestions at all? would help immensely
 

Eztoril

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Irvine CA
Does it do anything? Any noises or clicking? Do the lights dim when trying to start? Is this a "NEW" starter or reman unit? I had a similar problem and it was fixed by sanding the ground wire locations for the starter. How old is the battery?
 

vr4diehl

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When I put the new starter in, on the first try there was a single click and every try after that nothing. All the lights, radio, and rad fans turn on and work just fine, no dimming or anything. The battery is relatively new and the starter is new, got it from autozone. I sanded and cleaned all of the connections, maybe I didn't do a good enough job, I'll check them again later today or tomorrow.

Thanks for the help!
 

mr.mitsu

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Apr 28, 2003
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Did you try jumping the terminals at the starter?

There should be 3 connections. Jump the constant 12v and the smaller one.
 

toybreaker

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Apr 30, 2006
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Lots of good advice above

With the age of these cars, there are a few folks who have already been down this road (on foot, because their junk wouldn;t start /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif )

There are a bunch of old threads on this topic.

here's one with pics

Good luck, and please post up what fixes your issue.
 

slugsgomoo

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Tacoma, WA
I recommend having that disconnected anyway. While I don't generally worry about crankwalk, not loading the thrust bearing with no oil pressure (especially if you run a heavy single disk clutch) just seems like a good way to reduce wear & tear.
 
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