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Old 05-10-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Turned my ignition, nothing then a whirring noise from the back - what happened?

Hey all,

I need some technical help please. I turned the key on my boxster (2003 2.7) for a normal start and it didn't start or tick over however a whirring noise from the back went into action and stayed on for about 30 seconds (felt like a minute). During that whirring noise time I had turned off the ignition and had the key pulled out.

Has anyone experienced this before and/or have an idea of what just happened.

The noise was still going even with the key out of the ignition!

I waited until the noise stopped, turned the ignition again and it started really abruptly (almost perfectly) and no issue at all. Really strange.

Thanks, I look forward to your responses.

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Old 05-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Sticky or failing starter solenoid
Rebuild or replace soon or you'll be paying for a tow.
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Sticky or failing starter solenoid
Rebuild or replace soon or you'll be paying for a tow.
Thanks for your input. So, does this mean replacing the whole starter motor or is there another option?
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:43 PM   #4
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Clean and lube the solenoid and bendix and take your chances.
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Could be the ignition switch going bad
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Personally, I'd just disassemble and clean the solenoid and lube the bendix, as Paul said.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for your comments. It has been 6 days and not a sign of it happening again. Prevention is better than a cure though. I have never done this before and am brave enough to have a look at tackling this. Any pointers?
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buy a good manual first- I have a Bentley and it seems to skip a lot of details.

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