Delayed start

Delayed start

Postby avdlaan [OP] » June 6th 2011, 12:44pm

Hi all,

Have an interesting issue. I have an '02. When I turn the key to the start position, all electrical appears fine, but the engine doesn't crank. If I hold the key to the start position, about 5 seconds later the engine will start without issues. Some days it will be 2 seconds, some days virtually instant, and other days it can take up to 10 seconds.

It was taking up to 30 seconds some day, so I brought it to a garage and they replaced the ignician switch which they said was burnt out. This helped for a week, although it still never started instantly, it would take about 1 second to crank the start. Since then it feels like it takes a little longer each day, but again, sometimes it will take longer than others.

What's odd is it doesn't crank slow, once it cranks it starts immediately.

Does this sound like a starter issue? Bad wiring? What could possibly cause a "delay" in the starter cranking?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Re: Delayed start

Postby chevymaher » June 6th 2011, 2:50pm

Check for loose dirty connections at starter.Check ground strap wires.
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Re: Delayed start

Postby Dirk » June 6th 2011, 6:54pm

I agree and while you're at it be sure to check the starter solenoid and starter motor for smooth operation.
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Re: Delayed start

Postby RECox286 » June 6th 2011, 11:59pm

Someplace to start out:

First I would jack the rear off the ground and chock the axle to make it safe to work under the truck.


Go under the van, and put a test light on the starter solenoids' START post (the small wire that comes from the ignition sw, and have someone turn the key to Start.

If the test bulb lights imediately, than look for the problem at the starter, If the test light is sluggish to light, look at the ignition sw.

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