Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Derrick asks: I know you’re into classic Pontiacs so I figured you’d be the guy to ask about a problem I’m having with my ’86 Fiero GT (V6, manual four speed). Sometimes, the starter won’t turn. No click, nothing. And then, after I try again, it will start normally. I replaced the starter so assume it’s not that because I have the same problem with the replacement starter.
My reply: You may not have needed a new starter. I suspect your issue has to do with the clutch safety switch. This gadget is designed to keep you from turning the the starter with the clutch out – and potentially, the transmission in gear.
It’s generally a button that gets depressed (not in the clinical sense) when you push the clutch pedal all the way to the floor. This in turn green-lights the ignition system to rotate the starter when you turn the ignition key.
I’d check this out before you buy another starter!
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