REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-039: Some vehicles may experience a long crank time and hard start condition

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1997-1998 Ford Escort with the 2.0L SPI Engines

SYMPTOMS:
Some vehicles may experience a long crank time and hard start condition.

CAUSE:
This may be caused by interference from a ground strap attached to the alternator bracket.

SOLUTION:
Reprogram the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and install a new ground strap. The new ground strap will reduce the possibility of interference with the PCM.

Refer to Ford TSB # 97-21-5 for further information.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-038: Engagement Noise, Slow or No Start, Rapid Starter Failure

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
Audi – Various
Volkswagen – Various

SYMPTOMS:
Engagement Noise
Slow or No Start
Rapid Starter Failure

CAUSE:
Many Audi and Volkswagen vehicles are equipped with a starter that does not have traditional drive end housing. The front shaft of the starter mounts inside a bushing in the bell housing.

SOLUTION:
This bushing must be replaced whenever the starter is replaced. Use a suitable tool to remove the old bushing and install the bushing provided to validate the warranty.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-037: No Start condition when parked with the front of the vehicle facing down an incline

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1989 Nissan Maxima

SYMPTOMS:
No Start condition when parked with the front of the vehicle facing down an incline.

CAUSE:
When the vehicle is faced downhill, at times the green/black wire running between the inhibitor switch and the ignition switch may be stretched too tight. Added gravity and a tight wire loom tie causes an open circuit.

SOLUTION:
Visually inspect the green/black wire condition for any damage and repair as necessary.  Loosen up or replace wire tie to allow wiring loom slack.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-036: Starter intermittently clicks, but will not crank

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1991-93 3.1L Buick Regal/Chevy Lumina/Olds Cutlass Supreme/Pontiac Grand Prix
1991-93 3.4L Chevy Lumina/Olds Cutlass Supreme/Pontiac Grand Prix

SYMPTOMS:
Starter intermittently clicks, but will not crank.

CAUSE:
GM TSB # 338113 advises the following causes:
1) Loose or corroded connections at the starter, battery or ground.
2) Added resistance from an aftermarket alarm system.

SOLUTION:
1) Check positive/negative connections at the battery, engine block to battery ground, and starter connections. Also, make sure the battery is properly charged.
2) If an alarm system is present, the alarm module circuit and/or the ignition to neutral safety switch wiring may require reworking (per manufacturer’s instructions) to heavier 10 gauge wiring. The heavier wiring flows more current to properly activate the starter solenoid.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-035: Shim no shim casting

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1983-1997 Various General Motors Vehicles

SYMPTOMS:
Starter shimming

CAUSE:
The above applications came as original equipment with one of two types of starter nose castings. One is a “NO SHIM” casting and one is a standard casting that must be shimmed for correct clearance of the pinion to flywheel or flex plate.

SOLUTION:
Please check on the upper solenoid area of the starter drive end casting for the words “NO SHIM” cast into the part. If these markings are present, DO NOT USE ANY SHIMS with this starter.  Failure to follow these instructions will cause the starter to not function properly or fail immediately.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-034: No Start / Discharged Battery

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1990 Lincoln Town Car

SYMPTOMS:
No Start/Discharged Battery
Intermittent No Start

CAUSE:
Ford has issued two separate TSB’s (90-6T-4 and 90-16-2) related to starting problems on this application.  TSB #90-6T-4 advises that water entry into the ABS pump motor relay can cause the contact to corrode.  The corroded contact can become stuck in the closed position causing the pump motor to run at all times, discharging the battery.  TSB #90-16-2 advises that water entry into the transmission vent can cause the neutral safety switch contacts to corrode resulting in a no start condition.

SOLUTION:
To repair the ABS problem, Ford has issued a kit (FOVY-14A303-A) that contains a new relay and the necessary hardware needed to relocate the relay.  Please refer to Ford TSB #90-6T-4 for further information.

To repair the neutral safety switch problem, Ford advises to check the transmission fluid for signs of water contamination. If fluid is milky in appearance, install a new neutral safety switch (FOVY-7A247-A).  Ford has also issued a new deflector kit (FOVY-17A500-A) to divert the water away from the transmission vent.

Please refer to Ford TSB #90-16-2 for further information.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-033: Poor connection at the main fuse

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1986 Mazda B2000

SYMPTOMS:
No Start condition
No Dash Lights

CAUSE:
Mazda TSB #001/85 advises that some of the above vehicles may have a poor connection at the main fuse.

SOLUTION:
If this condition is present, the following repair procedure should be performed:
1. Remove the two nuts securing the main fuse block and pull the main fuse block upward from the mounting bracket.
2. Probe the connections to the main fuse block for continuity.
3. If no continuity is present, repair by tightening the connections or replacing the main fuse or main fuse block.

Please refer to Mazda TSB #001/85 for further information.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-032: Intermittent no start, low voltage at the starter “S” terminal

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1991-1992 Hyundai Excel
1991-1992 Hyundai Scoupe

SYMPTOMS:
Intermittent no start

CAUSE:
Hyundai TSB #92-36-001 and 92-36-002 state that these vehicles may not start at times but after waiting a few minutes will start normally. This is caused by low voltage at the starter “S” terminal.

SOLUTION:
Hyundai has released a repair kit (Hyundai #91401-24Q00) consisting of a relay and a wiring harness to repair this condition. Please refer to Hyundai TSB #92-36-001 and 92-36-002 for further information.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-031: No crank when restarting during high operating temperatures

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1983 1.6L VW Rabbit Diesel w/Automatic Transmission

SYMPTOMS:
No crank when restarting during high operating temperatures.

CAUSE:
VW TSB #83-02 suggests abnormal voltage drop due to excessive (heat related) cranking circuit resistance.

SOLUTION:
Per manufacturer’s instructions, install a kit consisting of a starter relay (VW # 171-919-505A), revised wiring harness (VW # 175-971-451), and bracket (161-972-595). Also check starter/battery cables and wires for loose or corroded connections, and repair as necessary.

REMY QUICK TECH TIP TS-030: No crank and/or discharged battery

VEHICLES AFFECTED:
1987-88 Volkswagen Fox

SYMPTOMS:
No crank and/or discharged battery

CAUSE:
VW TSB #88-01 indicates poor wire connections at the “wire bridge” in the fuse relay panel between terminals No.36 and No. 38. A loose nut or poor connection at the starter (main B+) terminal # 30 may also exist.

SOLUTION:
Locate “wire bridge” in the fuse box and inspect for proper seating and good quality connections. Also, remove and clean starter “battery” terminal connection (terminal #30) and retorque to 7.5lbs/ft.

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