Yesterday's Tractor Co. Low Prices, Parts Ship Fast!
Click Here or call 800-853-2651 
   Allis Chalmers Case Farmall IH Ford 8N,9N,2N Ford
   Ferguson John Deere Massey Ferguson Minn. Moline Oliver
 
Marketplace
Tractor Manuals
Tractor Parts
Classified Ads
Photo Ads

Community
Discussion Forums
Project Journals
Tractor Town
Your Stories
Show & Pull Guide
Events Calendar
Hauling Schedule

Galleries
Tractor Photos
Implement Photos
Vintage Photos
Help Identify
Parts & Pieces
Stuck & Troubled
Vintage Ads
Community Album
Photo Ad Archives

Research & Info
Articles
Tractor Registry
Tip of the Day
Safety Cartoons
Tractor Values
Serial Numbers
Tune-Up Guide
Paint Codes
List Prices
Production Nbrs
Tune-Up Specs
Torque Values
3-Point Specs
Glossary

Miscellaneous
Tractor Games
Just For Kids
Virtual Show
Museum Guide
Memorial Page
Feedback Form

Yesterday's Tractors Facebook Page

Related Sites
Tractor Shed
TractorLinks.com
Ford 8N/9N Club
Today's Tractors
Garden Tractors
Classic Trucks
Kountry Life
Enter your email address to receive our newsletter!

subscribe
unsubscribe
  
Tractor Talk Discussion Forum

OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start

Author  [Modern View]
LonM

04-13-2014 08:04:15
69.165.30.148



Report to Moderator

My parents have been having trouble with their Buick sometimes not starting. The dash lights come on, but the starter will not kick in at all. This happens just every now and then. They try it a few times with no luck, but a few minutes later it will take right off. It had a new starter last year, a new battery just lately, and the local GM mechanic says there are no codes showing. He has it hooked up to his equipment to check it out when it acts up again, but so far it has started just fine for him. This is it's third trip to the shop for this problem (I am not blaming anyone, it is just an elusive problem). It has around 150,000 miles on it, and about half of those have been short trips. So I was thinking that maybe it has so many start cycles worth of wear in the ignition key switch that maybe that is just worn enough to act up. Has anyone encountered this problem? Any help is appreciated!
Thanks,
Lon

[Reply]   [No Email]
IH2444

04-14-2014 07:32:02
98.65.228.43



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
the starter or starter solenoid?

Did it have the problem when the starter was replaced last year?

Is the cables tight on the starter?

Perhaps a rebuilt starter went bad?

Perhaps we are making the problem more complicated than it is.
This post was edited by IH2444 at 07:33:54 04/14/14.



[Reply]  [No Email]
Goose

04-14-2014 06:38:44
70.198.0.200



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
If there were any broken wires, as some have suggested, it would NEVER start. A broken wire isn't intermittent.



[Reply]  [No Email]
LonM

04-13-2014 17:19:03
69.165.30.148



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
Thank You all for your input. I am going to talk to the mechanic tomorrow and see what he thinks. If he gets it figured out I will follow up here.

Lon



[Reply]  [No Email]
John Fulton

04-13-2014 11:50:37
69.35.211.51



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
Has any mechanic considered the crankshaft sensor? I had now idea there was such a thing, my 97 Buick had same trouble, took it to 3 different dealerships, they all said essentially that if computer doesn"t"t diagnose problem, they cannot fix it, and why don"t I bring it in next time it won"t start DUH!! Anyhow, I finally took it to an independent garage that relied on his wits and experience over computers. Bottom line,2 hours and $90 and I am on the road again!!

[Reply]  [No Email]
gab

04-13-2014 11:25:24
50.103.24.200



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
My guess would be the passkey wires broken at ign switch



[Reply]  [No Email]
Super-H-Mike

04-13-2014 15:29:59
76.164.147.173



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to gab, 04-13-2014 11:25:24  
X2



[Reply]  [No Email]
Goose

04-13-2014 10:50:58
70.198.6.127



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
Ignition switch. I went through that with a '99 Olds 88 last summer.

And not the lock with the computer chip, the switch itself at the bottom of the steering column that the lock actuates with a rod down the steering column.



[Reply]  [No Email]
cbop

04-13-2014 10:33:08
67.236.143.218



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
This car has Passkey theft deterrent. There are a couple of thin wires that go to the ignition lock cylinder that will break and make intermittent contact. Have they noticed what the security light on the dash does when this happens? If this is it, the fix is to replace the lock cylinder or you could wire in the proper resistance value resistor into the system so that it bypasses the sensor in the cylinder

[Reply]  [No Email]
john in nebraska

04-13-2014 08:18:56
67.142.167.20



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
Try starting it in neutral, see if that makes a difference, if it does, it is possibly the neutral safety switch. Double check the battery post connections, intermittent no start I usually trace back to the battery. Also because a battery is fresh, may not mean it is ok. The other thing to check is if the cable on the starter is tight, takes a tight connection to pass 400 amperes.



[Reply]  [No Email]
michael soldan

04-13-2014 09:58:42
24.235.38.30



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to john in nebraska, 04-13-2014 08:18:56  
I'm with you john,and I've seen poor ground cause similar problems in intermittent starting. Yes there are or may be other reasons but checking ground and having clean terminals is an easy start point in figuring out what is wrong.



[Reply]  [No Email]
rrlund

04-13-2014 08:09:22
162.250.26.144



Report to Moderator
 Re: OT: '98 LeSabre sometimes won't start in reply to LonM, 04-13-2014 08:04:15  
Could it be a neutral safety switch? What happens if you wiggle the shift when it does it?



[Reply]  [No Email]
[Options]  [Printer Friendly]  [Posting Help]  [Return to Forum]   [Add a Reply]

Hop to:
TRACTOR   PARTS TRACTOR   MANUALS
Same-Day Shipping! Most of our stocked parts ship the same day you order (M-F).  Expedited shipping available, just call!  Most prices for parts and manuals are below our competitors.  Compare our super low shipping rates!  We have the parts you need to repair your tractor.  We are a Company you can trust and have generous return policies!   Shop Online Today or call our friendly sales staff toll free (800) 853-2651. [ More Info ]

Home  |  Forums


Copyright © 1997-2014 Yesterday's Tractor Co.

All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any part of this website, including design and content, without written permission is strictly prohibited. Trade Marks and Trade Names contained and used in this Website are those of others, and are used in this Website in a descriptive sense to refer to the products of others. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy

TRADEMARK DISCLAIMER: Tradenames and Trademarks referred to within Yesterday's Tractor Co. products and within the Yesterday's Tractor Co. websites are the property of their respective trademark holders. None of these trademark holders are affiliated with Yesterday's Tractor Co., our products, or our website nor are we sponsored by them. John Deere and its logos are the registered trademarks of the John Deere Corporation. Agco, Agco Allis, White, Massey Ferguson and their logos are the registered trademarks of AGCO Corporation. Case, Case-IH, Farmall, International Harvester, New Holland and their logos are registered trademarks of CNH Global N.V.

Yesterday's Tractors - Antique Tractor Headquarters