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01' GTS not starting up...? #376726 Jan 17, 5:45pm Jan 17, 5:45pm
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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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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: flyimages] #376727 Jan 17, 5:51pm Jan 17, 5:51pm
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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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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: ExNihilo] #376728 Jan 17, 7:16pm Jan 17, 7:16pm
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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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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: flyimages] #376729 Jan 17, 8:19pm Jan 17, 8:19pm
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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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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: ExNihilo] #376730 Jan 17, 8:22pm Jan 17, 8:22pm
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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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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: xTc_celica] #376731 Jan 17, 9:12pm Jan 17, 9:12pm
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Thanks a lot everyone!
I will definitely try that 1st thing in the morning & keep updating! thumbsup


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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: flyimages] #376732 Jan 17, 10:56pm Jan 17, 10:56pm
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take out those crappy plugs too. you should only be using iridium plugs in the GTS thumbsup


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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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Re: 01' GTS not starting up...? [Re: RookieGTS] #376734 Jan 18, 4:46am Jan 18, 4:46am
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did you unplug the battery when intall the spark plug?? check your battery smile


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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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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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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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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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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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