[Vwdiesel] OT: starter solenoid 94 Pathfinder question
Michael.Smith at rvh.nb.ca
Wed Jan 26 07:44:19 EST 2005
Anyone ever heard tell of a situation like this: (?)
Go to start my 94 Pathfinder 3.0 L V6 automatic and solenoid (as best as I
can tell) just kinda gives a whimper/whine...sometimes a faint click.
Basically the starter is not even TRYING to turn. Whack it with a long
screwdriver/hammer and no change. Boosting and swapping batteries does
not help. Monitoring voltage in-cab sees a big voltage drop. (from 13vdc to
9 or 10vdc....) Starter itself was rebuilt 12 months ago.
Now...if I put my HD heat gun onto it for 5 minutes, truck will start right
up...by just barely touching the key.
I thought perhaps some moisture in there? .....but I drove it 30-40 miles
(dry day, no precip) down to the autoparts store the other day, came out 5
hours later and
same thing....slight whine and nothing.
Temps here are (-15*)-->>>(-25*C)
Time for a new solenoid switch I guess? Or is it the starter? It's nearly
impossible to get to. Beside the exhaust manifold....Even from underneath
there's not much room. Certainly a job for the boys @ the shop with a
Mike in NB......now back to our regularly scheduled diesel program...clatter
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