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    Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Can anyone tell me why a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora will start sometimes but not all the time? I took it to the dealer they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. When I try and start the car you can see that the battery is not dead, because the lights turn on; but it doesn't make any noise...not even a clicking sound. And what really gets me is, that it happens randomly...not all the time.

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    Sounds like the Starter Solenoid is going out on ya....Have em run a diagnostics on the electrical system for you....that will nail down the problem quick.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Quote Originally Posted by sleeper
    Can anyone tell me why a 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora will start sometimes but not all the time? I took it to the dealer they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. When I try and start the car you can see that the battery is not dead, because the lights turn on; but it doesn't make any noise...not even a clicking sound. And what really gets me is, that it happens randomly...not all the time.
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    I'd check two things:

    1. Make sure you have an intact grounding system.
    2. Your starter may be bad. I had a Suburban that did the exact same thing. Dealer said, "Your starter is fine." I knew my electrical components were working fine so I told them to change the starter - and never had a problem again with that car.

    Unbelievably the dealer said: "It must have been going bad intermittently."

    duh.
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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Thanks for the advice, I will have the starter replaced.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Quote Originally Posted by sleeper
    Thanks for the advice, I will have the starter replaced.
    I'd be sure to follow Clipper's advice though - just make sure that they have run diagnostics first.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    I am having the exact same problem with my 2001 aurora . my question is would trouble codes for crank and cam position circuits be set if the problem is the starter?

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Quote Originally Posted by Tombstone
    Hi Sleeper,

    I'd check two things:

    1. Make sure you have an intact grounding system.
    2. Your starter may be bad. I had a Suburban that did the exact same thing. Dealer said, "Your starter is fine." I knew my electrical components were working fine so I told them to change the starter - and never had a problem again with that car.

    Unbelievably the dealer said: "It must have been going bad intermittently."

    duh.
    If you are in desparate straits and need to get somewhere and the car does not start, here is an emergency measure. Sometimes the geer teeth in the starter become chipped with time and the vehicle will not intermittently start so what can you do? If is kinda a short-term flintstones remedy, but you can hit your starter with a crow bar. I am not kidding and have seen it work before. By hitting it (it is cathartic too), you dislodge the teeth from the stuck position. Only in emergencies!!!

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    I realize this is a pretty old thread, but I am desperate to find out why my 2001 Aurora (V8) has this same intermittent will not start problem. However, if I wait 5-10 minutes then it will start. Does this still sound like it would be the starter? I have had it into the dealership numerous times and since they can't get the problem to duplicate when it is there, they are unable to figure it out. Thank you.

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    Re: Oldsmobile Aurora starting issue

    Quote Originally Posted by swirg53 View Post
    I realize this is a pretty old thread, but I am desperate to find out why my 2001 Aurora (V8) has this same intermittent will not start problem. However, if I wait 5-10 minutes then it will start. Does this still sound like it would be the starter? I have had it into the dealership numerous times and since they can't get the problem to duplicate when it is there, they are unable to figure it out. Thank you.

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    This method works great on older cars not so sure on newer ones. I have a hammer in my 1973 Camaro that I use to whack the starter now and then, you can see it. On newer cars just finding the starter will be a problem..

    If you are in desparate straits and need to get somewhere and the car does not start, here is an emergency measure. Sometimes the geer teeth in the starter become chipped with time and the vehicle will not intermittently start so what can you do? If is kinda a short-term flintstones remedy, but you can hit your starter with a crow bar. I am not kidding and have seen it work before. By hitting it (it is cathartic too), you dislodge the teeth from the stuck position. Only in emergencies!!!
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