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Old 12-07-2019, 01:56 PM   #1
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No Start. Then Start 5 Min Later.

Car = 2002 Boxster S, only 48k miles.

So I did an hour drive to work. Parked, but realized I needed to pull up more into my parking spot. Got back in, turned key, and absolutely nothing. Turn all the way off, pull key out, stick back in, turn key and nothing. Pull key out, get out of car, close door, flip alarm on and off, get back in, turn key and still nothing.

Hmmm....

Get out of car, make a five minute phone call. Get back in, turn key, and starts like normal.

This happened two days ago. Today I drove over 100 miles, with about 7 stops and starts. No probs at all. And I've never had this problem before.

Anyone have an idea what caused the temporary problem? I ask, to make sure I don't get stuck in the future.


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Old 12-07-2019, 02:52 PM   #2
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Your problem sounds like a simple -bad- main ground or power connection.
I would look at the battery connections first.
Battery ground cable connection at the chassis second.
Also there is a ground connection near the power steering reservoir that can come loose.
If you do a search here on the forum you should be able to find a picture of it.
This is where I would start.
Simplest things first.

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Old 12-07-2019, 07:46 PM   #3
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I've had a no crank/no start in a Boxster with a Tiptronic transmission that was not quite fully in the Park position. It could happen in a manual transmission car if the clutch pedal safety switch is stuck.

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Old 12-07-2019, 08:54 PM   #4
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I've had a no crank/no start in a Boxster with a Tiptronic transmission that was not quite fully in the Park position. It could happen in a manual transmission car if the clutch pedal safety switch is stuck.

Old thread: Need help, intermittent starting problem
I took it when he said he "turned the key and got absolutely nothing" that he meant no power to anything.
If it was a no crank/no start I would approach the problem a little differently then I outlined above.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:32 PM   #5
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Yes, I should have added more details. There was power, but turning the key produced nothing. However, it is still good to know about possible battery problems, should something happen in the future.

After I posted, I thought about how the clutch needs to be pressed in order to start. So, it's also good to know about clutch related problems.

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Old 12-08-2019, 06:13 PM   #6
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Yes, I should have added more details. There was power, but turning the key produced nothing. However, it is still good to know about possible battery problems, should something happen in the future.

After I posted, I thought about how the clutch needs to be pressed in order to start. So, it's also good to know about clutch related problems.

Thanks guys.
Well with that info:
Do the checks I mentioned previously.
Check the condition of the clutch safety switch. As mentioned by 78F350
Go on youtube and find a video on how to do a voltage drop test on your starter system.
A Relatively simple test but a visual of it will do better then I can describe it.
A voltage drop test on the starter system will tell you if you have any problems or potential problems with the starter or its related wiring.
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If it happens again, note if the tach needle twitches at all.
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Old 12-12-2019, 11:00 AM   #8
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Crank position sensor . Almost 100% sure. My guy charged 280 for the part
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Old 12-13-2019, 05:09 AM   #9
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steering wheel lock?

I've experienced a problem where i have power but nothing happens when I turn the key. Turning the steering wheel released it and car started.

Probably not your issue but it is one thing to check for anybody searching this problem.

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