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V6 Starter.
Posted by ScottA (more from ScottA) on Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:26:44
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Almost exactly 4 years ago, I had the starter just click on my 2002 V6 Arc. It eventually gave up and no amount of attempts would make it spin, just clicked. At the time, I had it towed to Atomic Auto in Portland. These Guys were/are great. Anyway, the car arrived at their shop back in January of 2013. It turned over for them but wouldn't start. They pulled all the plugs and they were coated with gasoline. I guess all my attempts to start it squirted excessive fuel into the cylinders. Anyway, they started the car over and over throughout the day and it always spun the starter. So I took the car home and it's been fine until today. I went to head to my second job and it just clicked. I tried several times and NG. Drove my other car. Tonight, I disconnected the fuel pump power so I wouldn't flood the engine. After about 50 tries, the started ran. I hooked up the fuel pump and the SAAB started right up. Interestingly, when it failed 4 years ago, it was 25 degrees outside. Today, it's 27 degrees. Portland, Oregon doesn't get a lot of cold weather but apparently whatever is wrong with the starter surfaces when it gets that cold out. I just signed up for AAA towing so if I get stranded, I'll have it towed to Atomic Auto. I suspect I need a new starter in which I will likely have it done. I do all the work on my SAAB but everything I read here on the V6 starter swap makes me want to hire it out. Not sure why the cold weather makes the starter misbehave. I replaced the battery less than a year ago with a NAPA AGM. Battery seems strong.

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