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Old 09-29-2013, 07:01 AM
japansam23 japansam23 is offline
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Default Intermittent Starting Issues (please help)

Hey, guys,
So I'm pretty new here, I joined the forum because I'm having a frustrating issue with my car. It's a '93 90s (2.8L V6, manual, non-quattro). Recently got it off craigslist for a pretty good deal.

When I can get it started, it is a very fun car, with plenty of pep still left. But as I said, it has been a pain to start since I got it. I have replaced the battery and spark plugs to no avail. When it starts, I'll run around town, and it usually starts strong after being run, which to me, sounds like an alternator issue. However, other times it cranks very strong, but with little to no spark.

Earlier this evening, for example, the car would not start, but after extensive wire-wiggling it finally fired and ran strong. After coming home, I shut it off, and then attempted to start it again, but nothing. It has strong crank from my new battery, but does not fire. I have dug through many other sites and forums, and people with similar intermittent starting issues reported it as being either a bad crank or camshaft sensor.

I also suspect a parasitic drain somewhere, but I'd like to get it to start reliably before tackling that one. If anybody has any input, I would greatly appreciate it!
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Old 04-18-2014, 05:47 AM
Tony Aucoin Tony Aucoin is offline
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Typically the most effective method is to check for a negative ground drain, then pull fuses until the thirsty circuit is determined and you must check the plug may be its out of order that's why this issue is not solving ...
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