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post #31 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 11:58 AM
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I dare say that although the lights are on and somebody is home, I don't expect there was any forward (or rearward) motion to be had in that Wisconsin Sol!
It's amazing what Blizzak snow tires can accomplish. I'm not sure which one this is, AspenRose or MomsSol, but they are both driven year around, regardless of the weather.

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Gosh Dave, all that snow makes it look like a Rat Rod! :-)

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post #35 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-28-2017, 07:29 PM
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Good evening everyone!

I apologize for reviving an old thread. However, it was the first I found after a google search that was similar to my issue.

I will start with the basics: My name is Chris, and I own a 2006 Solstice MT. It is 100% stock, never been modified and has 115k on it.
Recently I encountered an issue with the car not starting out of nowhere. I drove it on a Friday, the next day I washed it and detailed it like normal. When I was backing it out of my driveway, the damn thing just turned off and I could not start it. Thinking it was a dead battery, I replaced it with a new one. Nothing! Still wouldn't start. No lock icon in the dash, CEL, nothing... I had the car towed to my mechanic. After looking around, he informed me that the Neutral Safety Switch was toast. I showed up to the shop and watched the switch get replaced. Afterward, The car did start. However, it was severely rough. Almost like an old 60's V8 cranking for a few seconds and then barely comes to life.

After trying to start it a few days later, the problem got worse. I had to hold the key in the start position for like 10 seconds and then the car would start. Last try I noticed that there was what appeared to be smoke coming from the alternator area. I tried charging the battery for almost 6 hours and gave it another go... Nothing! I do still hear a click, the gauges still sweep, lights come on when I try to turn the key... This has been driving me crazy since December!

What the hell is wrong with my car? Oh, I also noticed that the OEM radio started displaying weird characters in the display. Instead of seeing the radio station number or the AUX Device tag listed, I was seeing something like this: #$#%$%$^#^#%#%$&*#
I'm guessing that the OEM radio is done and needs to be replaced, but does this have anything to do with my problem?

Please Help! I love this car!
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post #36 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-07-2017, 06:24 AM
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That still sounds like poor power. Check your ground cables for good contact and corrosion. Try a known good battery.


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Check the cables and lube them with dielectric grease to assure good contact. Pull and service the ground cable to the top of the head. They get corroded and bad contact there can cause issues.

If you are seeing magic smoke coming out of your alternator that is BAD. Check the fuses and relays in the engine bay fuse box and at the BCM in the foot well on the right side. Many have experienced corrosion of the fuses which caused issues that were solved by removing and replacing the fuses.

There are many cars running around with twice your mileage but they have experienced water pump failures and clutch replacement - along with battery replacement every five years or so. Your car should have plenty of life left in it.

Try bump starting the car. Get it rolling and dump the clutch and it should start. If it does and runs ok then look at the starter circuit. Start with the starter relay and work your way to the starter motor. Check the wiring and if you are able, put power across the motor directly and see if it spins up. It may just be that the starter is gone or going.

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The presence of a "Neutral Safety Switch" suggest an automatic transmission. Very difficult to bump start with one of those.
But the description of "MT" says manual transmission to me. One or the other is incorrect, since the manual transmission does not have a neutral switch.
Could it could have been the clutch switch that was replaced?

I usually check for bad grounds with a volt meter. Clip the negative lead to the negative battery terminal and, with power supplied to whatever uses it, touch the ground wire you want to check with the positive lead. You should read 0 volts if the ground is good. Anything higher indicates a bad ground, with the voltage indicating how bad.

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post #39 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-10-2017, 03:27 PM
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Thank you all so much for your replies and advice.

Turns out the starter was completely fried. Replaced it, and now she is back on the road purring like new again!
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Glad it was a straightforward fix. And thanks for closing the loop by telling everyone what it was.

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I had a switch go out on my Fiero once - the one that won't allow a start unless the clutch is pushed in. Luckily had a paperclip in the ashtray and was able to jump the switch to start, thereafter modifying it to eliminate that switch. If you don't pay attention to whether or not you have it in gear when you go to start it, you shouldn't be driving a manual trans, IMHO.

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