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Jan 17, 6:45pm - #376726 
01' GTS not starting up...?

01' 6speed gts not starting up.

couple of minutes ago about to head to the store, start up the car, it doesn't start up but radio and headlights still work. car doesn't make any noises at all just silent everytime i tried to start it up.
i know for the past 2-3days i have to literally step on the clutch all the way down hard before i can start it up, is that normal?
I know i changed the spark plugs about 3-6 days ago with bosch platnium +4.

What should I be looking for & what are the possible reasons why it's not starting up? Any check list?


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Jan 17, 6:51pm - #376727 
Maybe its the cutoff switch for the starter. Normally, the switch prevents the car from being started if the clutch isn't pressed down; its a safety feature. The switch might just be stuck, or have some other problem. Its probably down by the clutch somewhere, but I've never checked around down there myself to see where it is. I'd check into that first.


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Jan 17, 8:16pm - #376728 
ok, i went to try again, no luck.
I do notice everytime i try to start it up, my clock and radio only dimms, but interior light stays on normally. my headlights turn on fine, I seem to have all power except it doesn't start up..


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Jan 17, 9:19pm - #376729 
OK, I tried turning the key on my stick GTS with the clutch not depressed. The clock and radio dims just like yours. One way or another, your starter is simply not getting power. The primary culprit is the cutoff switch. Maybe its just out of alignment? I'm not sure if it CAN get out of alignment; I was just checking around by feel in the dark just now. The switch comes out of the floor just to the left of the clutch pedal lever; its a long, slender push button. When the clutch is pushed in, it has to be able to depress that switch. Try pressing the switch with your hand (make sure the car is out of gear with the e-brake on), and while pressing the switch, see if the starter will crank.


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Jan 17, 9:22pm - #376730 
if you got the floormat down there, it could be kinda blockin the clutch. mine did that, it would get behind the clutch and id have to push as HARD as i could, then i realized what it was doin, so i jus have to pull it back everyonce in a while. you might try that?


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Jan 17, 10:12pm - #376731 
Thanks a lot everyone!
I will definitely try that 1st thing in the morning & keep updating! thumbsup


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Jan 17, 11:56pm - #376732 
take out those crappy plugs too. you should only be using iridium plugs in the GTS thumbsup


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Jan 18, 1:31am - #376733 
Originally Posted by Lucky_317
take out those crappy plugs too. you should only be using iridium plugs in the GTS thumbsup


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Jan 18, 5:46am - #376734 
did you unplug the battery when intall the spark plug?? check your battery smile


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Jan 18, 6:44am - #376735 
Originally Posted by kevin
did you unplug the battery when intall the spark plug?? check your battery smile


battery is connected...


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Jan 18, 7:13am - #376736 
ok, finally got it working again... it was the pedal not touching the "clutch start switch" any suggestions on house to fix it? so what i did was push the button with my finger and turn the ignition and it started!

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Jan 18, 9:54am - #376737 
this hapend to me before, first thing is those platinum plugs need to go since our cars need iridium plugs like they came with from the factory, then check the battery and the alternator and see if they are good -when my battery went my lihgts and radio still worked but not enough to power the whole car, then i replaced the battery and the car went fine for a week then i found out that the alternator was damaged so that had to be replaced...hope it helps


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Jan 18, 10:59am - #376738 
Originally Posted by celicadragon

this hapend to me before, first thing is those platinum plugs need to go since our cars need iridium plugs like they came with from the factory, then check the battery and the alternator and see if they are good -when my battery went my lihgts and radio still worked but not enough to power the whole car, then i replaced the battery and the car went fine for a week then i found out that the alternator was damaged so that had to be replaced...hope it helps


there's definitely a problem with the clutch pedal not hitting the "clutch start switch". Sometimes i step on the clutch it starts up fine, but most times, i have to manually push that button with my finger

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Jan 18, 11:00am - #376739 
Originally Posted by flyimages
ok, finally got it working again... it was the pedal not touching the "clutch start switch" any suggestions on house to fix it? so what i did was push the button with my finger and turn the ignition and it started!

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Hmmm, well, I haven't looked at mine very close yet, but there might be a way to adjust it, or adjust something on the clutch.


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