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Cant crank car

Posted by gs2048, Jan 12, 2021 at 3:29 PM

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  1. gs2048

    gs2048 Probationary Member

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    Hey guys, recently got a 98 GS-T and in the past the wiring harness caught fire but was replaced yesterday, everything works from it, however, I cant start the car because the key wont go past accessory, it says anti-lock and Im thinking its the anti theft, is there anyway to get around it and start it? Could it possibly also be the starter thats the issue since the key wont turn past it even when pressing the clutch/brake in all the way to unlock the wheel?
     

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  2. gs2048

    gs2048 Probationary Member

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    Nevermind, Im able to turn the key past where the car is supposed to crank but hear a little noise but thats about it, doesnt crank at all
     

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  3. Vegas Smith

    Vegas Smith Proven Member

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    Check voltage on battery, check that starter solenoid connector is attached to starter. Push down on clutch, if you have one, when turning key.
     

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  4. gs2048

    gs2048 Probationary Member

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    We had jumper cables on the battery on everything came on when the key was turned to accessory but the car didnt crank when trying to turn it over
     

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  5. dustyboner

    dustyboner DSM Wiseman

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    back in the day, i picked up a gst with a fire damaged engine bay. after a shitload of work fixing, replacing, upgrading, i thought it would fire up, nope. i had the same starting issue as you. ended up the fire was put out with a water hose and the water had gotten into the cylinders. The pistons were rust welded to the cylinder walls.
    pull the spark plugs out and see if you can hand turn the crank using a socket/ ratchet on the crank bolt
     
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  6. shinzon

    shinzon Proven Member

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    What do you mean by a little noise? Does it sound like the starter is trying? If so, i would check the main engine ground (located on the upper bolt on the starter from the factory). If it just sounds like a relay clicking I would check your getting signal from the key at the starter.
     

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  8. spyderdrifter

    spyderdrifter Freelancer

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    Just pull the ignition switch out from the back side of the ignition cylinder and turn it to start the car. It'll bypass the cylinder/key. So if it starts that way, then the problem is within the cylinder.
     

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  9. Bo0sTeD 4G63

    Bo0sTeD 4G63 Proven Member

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    Make sure the signal wire is hooked on to the starter. Also try jumping it with a screwdriver and see if that works.
     

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