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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:37 am
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I am in need of an experienced electrical guy to get my '93 running. Car will not start and need the person to come to me. I've sifted through craigslist ads but it's hard to detirmine knowledge through the ads.

It started out with what I thought was a dead battery, bought a new one, still having problems. I'm hearing a buzzing noice from the hazard lights relay inside the fuse box. Turn the key, all the lights fade like the battery charge is low, but not one sound is coming from the starter.

Any know of a reputable mobile guy?

Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:24 am
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What area do you live?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:41 am
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Glendale, Az. near 67th ave and Bell Rd

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:18 am
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depending on your and my schedule i could take a look at it for you wont charge u much

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:33 pm
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Is this a no crank no start or a crank no start situation?

If the lights are fading as you turn the key to start position it could be the starter. Get a long metal rod or something sturdy enough that can reach the starter from the top of the engine bay, place it on the starter solenoid and give a few good smacks with a BFH while someone is holding the key in the start position. Then try to place it on the starter body itself and repeat process. If nothing happens after that, wait for Mark (mtrr)to come by and work his magic.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:07 pm
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Thanks for the offer mtrr, I may take you up on that if I can't figure this out. Would you be available tomorrow?

I know the starter is fine, it will crank if I jump from our honda. It won't turn over though which is wierd as it was running last week. I'm going to try jumping from the front terminals tonight and see if bypassing the rear cables will allow a start.

This has me thinking I have corroded cables or something of that nature. I cleaned the battery terminals as well as the cable clamps with a wire brush but same issue. I can't get to the internals of the cable though because the clamp is pressed on. Thinking about cutting them off and replacing with screw on type from autozone.

Anything else I should check before mtrr comes over? Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:09 pm
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Another thing is, I realized my battery wasn't venting through the tube, it was disconnected. I know that this will cause corrosion. Should I just replace all battery cables?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:48 pm
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undo the neg cable and check the resistance in the cable also the connection of the negitive cable

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:49 pm
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i might have some time on thurs send me a message i will give you my #

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:58 am
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I wish I had a multi to check resistance but, I don't. I should just break down and go buy one.

I successfully got the car running by jumping from the front terminals. Something is going on with the cables/battery in the rear that it's not getting enough juice to crank the engine.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:54 am
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you can get a cheap on at harbor frieght

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:55 am
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also check ground in the front should be at the strut tower on passander side of car

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