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Postby bbstewbs » 30 Aug 2005, 18:42

Hi just joined the group and have a question. I have a 87 chevette scooter and up till now has run great. Lately when I get in the car and go to start it there is just nothing. After some fiddling around with the shift lever it will most times get a connection. This is hard to explain and once it even came around after I shut the engine hood. I would like to have some kind of idea what it might mean before I go to a garage .
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 30 Aug 2005, 19:29

is it an auto :?:
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Postby bbstewbs » 30 Aug 2005, 20:36

Yes I am sorry it is a automatic
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Postby Doive » 30 Aug 2005, 23:28

I believe as with most automatics there is a safety switch fitted that will only allow you to start the engine with the gearlever in park or neutral. The problem you describe sounds like this switch failing to engage properly to allow the engine to start. Try checking that out first, before looking at more difficult things.
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Postby bbstewbs » 31 Aug 2005, 00:32

Thanks I will check it out, I got the manual out and I see the switch.

Decided to go with checking the switch and decided just to replace it. Like some things on this island I have to wait a week for it to come in. Thanks will let you know.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 19 Sep 2005, 01:08

Had a problem with my 82 automatic where pushing the thumb button in to shift it did nothing, I ended up stuck in a parking lot unable to put it in Park or Neutral to start it... I ended up forcing it and breaking the mechanism, now I don't need the button to shift.... There's a little vibration on the highway as a result, but I think somehow the faint annoyance of whatever's broken down there buzzing a little sometimes isn't worth what it'd cost to fix it...
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Postby bbstewbs » 20 Sep 2005, 12:23

Still having a problem, could not find a switch here so we tried wiring it direct and it still has problems. If you slam the hood down sometimes it works so we are thinking a short or something somewhere. Any ideas?
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Postby bbstewbs » 21 Sep 2005, 00:54

All fixed found a short in wiring.
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