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Old 20th March 2017, 21:49   #1
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Went to start one of my ZTs yesterday that hadn't been started for a month. Central locking didn't work on fob so opened on the key. Can't remember if tried to start or not but charged overnight on fast charge with leads disconnected from battery terminals as I always do for safety.

Opened car today on key and popped bonnet, connected battery and the alarm sounded. I cancelled it by pressing fob. Turned on ignition and everything lit up but not a sausage from the starter, not even a click.

Have I immobilised the starter by doing something stupid, wrong or out of sequence? This has never happened to me before on any of my ZTs when connecting a battery.

With grateful thanks,

Adrian.
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Old 20th March 2017, 22:27   #2
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Help required yet again please.
Went to start one of my ZTs yesterday that hadn't been started for a month. Central locking didn't work on fob so opened on the key. Can't remember if tried to start or not but charged overnight on fast charge with leads disconnected from battery terminals as I always do for safety.

Opened car today on key and popped bonnet, connected battery and the alarm sounded. I cancelled it by pressing fob. Turned on ignition and everything lit up but not a sausage from the starter, not even a click.

Have I immobilised the starter by doing something stupid, wrong or out of sequence? This has never happened to me before on any of my ZTs when connecting a battery.

With grateful thanks,

Adrian.
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I would suggest that you clean the starter motor contact terminal

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Old 20th March 2017, 22:36   #3
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Had something similar to that happen to my project ZT-T 1.8t.

Car had not been used for several weeks and sometimes difficult to start. Then impossible to start. Long story short, somehow one of the Spade Connectors of the starter solenoid had become detached. It would start sometimes I guess when the connector was in contact with the Solenoid Spade terminal resting on it but not fitted tightly. When not in contact, no start even with all instruments lit up as normal. Firmly refitted the Connector on its Spade and immediate start and every time since. Sometimes its something simple like this but, takes time to check and identify.

Good luck. Here's what the Starter Solenoid looked like on the 1.8T engine with the Connector refitted securely.. Image quality poor as hand held compact camera reaching down into the darkness under the Inlet Manifold.

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Old 21st March 2017, 22:23   #4
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Many thanks to you both. Feeling rough today after removal of a lower molar. Makes a change to be on the receiving end of dental treatment!! Will try to fix car tomorrow if feeling better although roads heavily gritted tonight so weather may prevent tinkering outside.

Will let you know as soon as successful.

With very best wishes,

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