[xj] 1982 XJ6 4.2L USA, My first post, Itermittantly will notstart

In reply to a message from Frank Andersen sent Fri 11 Apr 2008:

Problem solved!! Thanks so much to all of you (especially Frank)
for the great advice and even pictures. I am not a mechanic
(obviously) so I really did not know how to diagnose the problem.
Yesterday the car would not start at the local Lowe’s building
supply store so armed with all your posts (I had printed them and
put them in the car)I started checking everything. When I wiggled
the wires on the starter relay, the wire from the relay to the
starter fell off in my hand! The female part of the spade connector
has lost most of it’s grip but hung on enough to make the
connection most of the time.

I can’t thank you all enough. I have been towed 5 times, had a new
starter installed twice, a new battery and gone to one Jaquar
dealer and two private Jaquar shops several times each over the
last three years. You all helped me fix it in one day!–
Stickman
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Excellent! Always remember our mantra – every electrical connection on these
cars needs to be checked, cleaned, tightened & lubed when we first get the
cars (or, whenever they fail, if we’re lazy).
;]
By the way, hope you kept the starters they replaced as spares!–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Stickman wrote:

In reply to a message from Frank Andersen sent Fri 11 Apr 2008:

Problem solved!! Thanks so much to all of you (especially Frank)
for the great advice and even pictures. I am not a mechanic
(obviously) so I really did not know how to diagnose the problem.
Yesterday the car would not start at the local Lowe’s building
supply store so armed with all your posts (I had printed them and
put them in the car)I started checking everything. When I wiggled
the wires on the starter relay, the wire from the relay to the
starter fell off in my hand! The female part of the spade connector
has lost most of it’s grip but hung on enough to make the
connection most of the time.

I can’t thank you all enough. I have been towed 5 times, had a new
starter installed twice, a new battery and gone to one Jaquar
dealer and two private Jaquar shops several times each over the
last three years. You all helped me fix it in one day!

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And speaking of electrical connections, don’t spray contact cleaner into
your ignition lock ( or if you do, lube it afterwards). Apparently it
drove out any iota of lubrication that was still in there. Therefore
ignition would not turn.

You guys were right, a little lube fixed the problem, thanks,

Ron Reiss

Cannara wrote:> Excellent! Always remember our mantra – every electrical connection

on these cars needs to be checked, cleaned, tightened & lubed when we
first get the cars (or, whenever they fail, if we’re lazy).
;]

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Wise advice! Some folks prefer a graphite-based grease for locks, but I’ve
always used regular engine oil, myself.–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Ron Reiss wrote:

And speaking of electrical connections, don’t spray contact cleaner into
your ignition lock ( or if you do, lube it afterwards). Apparently it
drove out any iota of lubrication that was still in there. Therefore
ignition would not turn.

You guys were right, a little lube fixed the problem, thanks,

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