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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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Help! D90 wont start

Hello all,

Just wanted to give you some background on the problem I am having with my 97 D90. About a week before my D90 completely stop starting, me and the wife just started the car in the drive way and moments later, everything quit working, just went completely dead, stop running, no lights, no nothing(not even the radio). Thought it was weird so I turned the key off, pulled it out then reinserted it and the car started back up with no problems like nothing had happen just moments before. Well I was worried, but I figured it was a glitch or maybe the start of a earth ground problem. Well 1 week later it happened again at work, but this time I just put the key and nothing, had to have it towed home. I started to investigate what could be the problem, thinking maybe a ground or solenoid on the starter but jumped across it and boom, it worked(not the solenoid or starter). Stated to think maybe it was the ignition switch, pulled it out, took it apart and it look pretty bad so I ordered another and put it in. Still nothing, bought a OBD II reader to see if the ECU through any codes, nothing. Can any one point me in a direction that will help me out. Its getting cold out here in Colorado and I only have a few more weeks before I cant ride the motorcycle anymore to work. Any help would be very appreciated.

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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:28 PM
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Start with the basics-the fact that you have nothing at all makes me wonder about the integrity of the battery connections. Are the cables tight-and clean- at the battery?
How about the ground at it's multiple contact points?
Another option, if you have a set of jumper cables, connect one black lead to the negative side of the battery and the other black lead someplace solid like the frame or the alternator mounting bracket to see if there is a ground interuption.
Good place to start for diagnosis.....
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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:32 PM
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Sounds like a main power or ground connection to the battery is intermittent.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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I was a little vague about the problem after I brought it home. I have power to the radio, lights, everything except when I go to position III on the ignition to try and start the car, I get nothing, no crank(is what I meant). I do have power to the accessories and lights though.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 02:38 PM
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There is one wire from the ignition switch to the solenoid to turn on the starter. Check for 12V on that wire when in the start position. If you have power there at the starter, ground and 12V at the main lugs, it is the starter or solenoid.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Ok, I feel EXTREMELY DUMB, I guess talking about it gets you looking at what you have done. It was the ignition switch, I forgot I had pulled the ignition wire from the solenoid when I was checking the starter (didnt want to short back up into the switch when I jumped it across to see if it was working). Man what a relief, I was stressing hard core. Thanks for just getting me thinking correctly guys. See ya out there on the 4x4 trails.
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Old September 26th, 2012, 03:26 PM
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Hi Bill, we must be related. I'm a 10th gen Michener here in the colonies.

It sounds like the starter has a bad ground. I'd check that first then start the systematic checks that the others mentioned, starting at the switch. Good Luck!

Ha, looks like you got it figured out before I could hit send! Good news!
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