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  1. #31
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    Quote Originally Posted by 35thpartdeux View Post
    I checked the passenger ground, it looked fine. The battery is new and checked out, the connections are clean/tight. Tomorrow I will take the passenger side ground off and make sure it's perfectly clean. Thanks for the vacuum link Jim.
    Are you quite sure the battery is fully charged?
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    The battery was until I started cranking on it, I think it's about 80% now. The starter seems to hang up or drag, and it pulls all of the interior lights down. I cleaned up both grounds now, so those should be good. I might get a multi meter to check the resistance on the cables.

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    Charged the battery back to full and still nothing. I'm wondering about the starter even though it checked out on the test bench. It binds up to where it won't spin sometimes and all the lights dim or go out. Sometimes it'll free spin for a few seconds but no longer than that.

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    Is there any play in the bushing in the end of the starter?

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    I'll have to check it out tomorrow, I just got done for the night.

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    There was only 1/2 a bushing left on the nose of the starter which explains why it would crank OK sometimes and drag others. I'll put it in tonight and cross my fingers.

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    Yep, that would bind alright...great way to damage the windings if it still manages to rotate, otherwise it would just side load, try to climb the ring gear and lock.

    Time for replacement, I think.

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    Replaced that starter. Am I right to assume that if it starts without the can sensor hooked up but not with it hooked up, that the timing is off?

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    What codes do you have now?

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    It just throws one for the unplugged cam sensor now. It ran perfectly and learned idle. It finally stopped running super rich after it ran for a few minutes. I called Dalke and he thinks it's 180* out of time too.

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    I just got the timing reset and it starts right off the first crank. Runs & drives. Thanks guys.

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    Great news Travis. Now get out there, drive it and enjoy it.
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    Supercoupe new engine startup: http://youtu.be/QOwVbRGwgRE

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    So here's the update, I have around 1,300 miles on the new motor. I was having troubles in boost. Checked for vacuum leaks and nothing. Jim helped me diagnose a bad charger over the phone. So I drove it to KC to get it dynoed to check the air fuel ratio. I got a new charger and plenum from Jim, Jason and I put it together Friday and drove it to the dyno Saturday. With the car on the dyno we noticed it was spraying fuel out of the injector area. So Jason and I tore it all apart that night to find the fuel rail was tweaked and was keeping the rear 2 injectors from seating all the way which caused them to unseat under boost. Fixed that, put it together and I drove it back home Sunday. 26 mpg Abilene to KC 21 mpg KC to Abilene. Nice to be able to use the charger again .

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