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I have a 1999 Hummer H1, intermittently when I try to start up the car the ignition doesn't engage. It takes sometimes 3 turns until it catches.
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Auto Mechanic: Mad Mike, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 years ago
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Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JA.

 

When you turn the key to start, do you hear any clicking noise or anything?

 

Have you checked for power to the starter when this is happening?

 

Thanks,

Mike

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago

Mike,

 

There is no clicking sound, it seems that it's not catching, it happens randomly. I can have 20 good starts and it happens and then goes away.

Auto Mechanic: Mad Mike, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 years ago

Please explain what you mean by "not catching". Do you mean that the key just turns freely like it's not connected to anything?

 

Thanks,

Mike

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago
Like the tumbler is not engaging the ignition switch, but it does switch the car to run (the stereo and heater come on)
Auto Mechanic: Mad Mike, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 years ago

Ok, I see. So it feels normal, it just doesn't do anything at all.

 

The most common issue causing a problem like this is an intermittent starter problem. Next time that this happens, you need to check for power on the small terminal at the starter. The easiest way is with a simple 12v test light. If you don't have an assistant, you can use some jumper wires to hook the light up so that you can see it while you attempt to crank the engine.

 

If you don't have a test light, or if that sounds like a hassle, have someone hold the key in the start position while you tap on the starter with a hammer or other similar tool. If that gets it to crank, you need a new starter.

 

Let me know if the starter isn't getting power, or if you have any other questions.

 

Thanks,

Mike

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago
Are you sure its not a key tumbler, when I took off the steering shroud and tighened things up it didnt do it for a long while
Auto Mechanic: Mad Mike, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 years ago

It sounds like you still have spring tension when you turn the key to crank, and it feels normal, but it just doesn't do anything at all....

 

Is that correct?

 

Mike

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Customer reply replied 9 years ago
Come to think of it, thats what I think I mean when its not catching, the starter is only 18 months old
Auto Mechanic: Mad Mike, ASE Certified Technician replied 9 years ago

Ok. I still recommend beginning by checking power to the starter. If you don't have power, we'll work back towards the ignition switch. I'd just hate to have you tear down the steering column for a starter problem.

 

Mike

 

 

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