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Old 16th September 2009, 16:36   #1
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The car is, sail 1.6, and has now completed 5 years and 54k kms.

Here is what happened today morning. I turned the ignition key, first time, nothing happened. Second try, nothing happened. Third and then at fourth attempt engine started. I had to completely turn off and then crank again. On every failed attempt, there was a "tick" sound from the engine bay.

And I have already faced this issue thrice today.

Thinking backwards, couple of days back, in a signal, engine came to life only after 2 cranks. And going further back, there were couple of instances when, there was slight struggle to get the engine up and running.

The battery is amaron pro about 1.5 to 2 years old.

What else could go wrong? busted alternator? What will be the damage?

Also, i recently replaced the timing belt.
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The car is, sail 1.6, and has now completed 5 years and 54k kms.

Here is what happened today morning. I turned the ignition key, first time, nothing happened. Second try, nothing happened. Third and then at fourth attempt engine started. I had to completely turn off and then crank again. On every failed attempt, there was a "tick" sound from the engine bay.
The same thing happened with me abt a couple of years back but with Maruti 800. When u crank it there is just a tik sound from the bonnet and u have to completely switch off and crank again.

In my car the mechanic diagnosed it to a starter issue i dont remember exactly what he said but vaguley he said something about a bearing not engaging in the starter motor and hence the tik sound. cost me about 500 rs to get this issue sorted and since then its working fine.

IMO its an issue with your cars starter motor, so get it checked by a good mechanic.

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I think a similar problem happened with my Corsa 1.4 GSI (Oct 2003) a few months back. The ignition was simply not starting despite repeated cranking of the key. My wife was stalled (fortunately near our home). Something to do with the key lock which was repaired by a local mechanic. By the way, even the AC knob had gone out of order in 2007. Had to get that replaced with an old style `press knob' style.
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Check starter before proceeding further, might require an overhaul.
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Get the starter checked, seems to be the suspect to me.
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The starter solenoid is malfunctioning, or the Bendix spring is jamming, preventing the starter pinion from moving fully forward and cranking the engine. Chances are, it's just a loose connection. Or the Bendix and pinion need servicing. Not expensive, though I have no idea of the costs involved for an Opel.
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The starter solenoid is malfunctioning
Since you mentioned it, I now remember that it was this problem in my Corsa. A local mechanic repaired it for me.
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This is a typical starter carbon bush wear out problem in old cars. Just get the starter overhauled.
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The culprit is the starting motor bush. Service the motor.
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Thanks for the response guys. I will get it checked this week end.

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Since you mentioned it, I now remember that it was this problem in my Corsa. A local mechanic repaired it for me.
Vasu, what was the damage?
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To make sure that the problem is with the starter what you can do is get the health check done for your car battery nearest to you. If they say the battery is in good condition then you can zero down on the starter and visit the service centre to get that fixed.
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what was the damage?
As you know, Corsa is not known for its reliable electricals. The manifestation of the problem was that despite repeated switching of the ignition key, the car was not starting. It was working fine before that, but when my wife turned it off at a red light, and then turned it on, it did not start. In our case, a local mechanic did the repair job and I think the cost was quite low (in a few hundreds).
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Looks like the culprit is either starter motor or solenoid switch. I hope battery is fine and during cranking you mentioned the 'tick' sound that also pointing towards starter and solenoid switch. Go and check the same.
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Like mentioned below, it has to be the starter motor. Dont get a new one. I think the old can be re-done for about rs 300 or so.

Being a corsa owner for the past year it is of my opinion that Corsa has a damn good engine and body. Rest are not upto the mark .

I love my corsa (despite having spent loads of money to fix a lot of glitches, ofcourse they were caused by the carelesness of previous owner)
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The starter solenoid is malfunctioning, or the Bendix spring is jamming, preventing the starter pinion from moving fully forward and cranking the engine. Chances are, it's just a loose connection. Or the Bendix and pinion need servicing. Not expensive, though I have no idea of the costs involved for an Opel.
+1 to SS-Traveller. might be the carbon bushes worn out. i believe it should not cost you in 4 figures. I dont think it a battery problem otherwise it wouldn't have cranked at all.

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