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Nehmaiz

Car Does not Start Easily after Stalling

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2003 996 C4S

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Recently when i took my car to the dealer for minor service, they told me my battery is weak and needed changing. i changed it because i could feel that the battery was starting to give way.

Was driving in a traffic jam and the car stalled, so i hit the ignition and the car wouldn't start... after attempting a couple of more times the car finally started again...

The Car starts perfectly when cold, so i tested the stalling issue again when car is warm on the driveway and again, the car gave me such a tough time to start... I'm thinking it's the Alternator....

Anyone had similar issues???

Thanks

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2003 996 C4S

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Recently when i took my car to the dealer for minor service, they told me my battery is weak and needed changing. i changed it because i could feel that the battery was starting to give way.

Was driving in a traffic jam and the car stalled, so i hit the ignition and the car wouldn't start... after attempting a couple of more times the car finally started again...

The Car starts perfectly when cold, so i tested the stalling issue again when car is warm on the driveway and again, the car gave me such a tough time to start... I'm thinking it's the Alternator....

Anyone had similar issues???

Thanks

Is it cranking normally and just not starting or is the cranking slower than normal when hot?

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Totally normal. This is one of the first signs you need to pick up a battery NOW! The battery just doesn't have the cranking AMPs to start the car. E

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2003 996 C4S

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Recently when i took my car to the dealer for minor service, they told me my battery is weak and needed changing. i changed it because i could feel that the battery was starting to give way.

Was driving in a traffic jam and the car stalled, so i hit the ignition and the car wouldn't start... after attempting a couple of more times the car finally started again...

The Car starts perfectly when cold, so i tested the stalling issue again when car is warm on the driveway and again, the car gave me such a tough time to start... I'm thinking it's the Alternator....

Anyone had similar issues???

Thanks

Is it cranking normally and just not starting or is the cranking slower than normal when hot?

when i first hit the ignition it's slower... after that the cranking is normal as when you start the car when it's cold...

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I never updated this thread regarding the problem.

after a lot of investigations, it turned out that due to the high resistance on the starter cable it has burned the starter motor as well. part of the starter cable had melted down and that's what was preventing startup when the car was warm...

now i'm having the same problem again.

anyone else had this problem, why is it recurring? is the workshop not doing something properly?

attached are pictures of the old starter and starter cable.

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Corrosion on that cable is a "common" issue. I had it on mine as well. Porsche later updated this cable to a much thicker design. It is important that the bolts holding those cables are tightened down properly as well, as a loose cable can have a similar affect that corrosion does.

When that cable is so badly corroded or improperly torqued, it causes the alternator and and starter to work much harder, thus diminishing their useable lifespan (rapidly).

If the generator and stater were not removed and bench tested, you should have those tests performed. Most parts stores, for example Napa auto, have sophisticated machines that can bench test them and give you a printout with lots of statistics including Pass/Fail on many different aspects.

It might also be possible you have multiple problems going on, and the next two items I would check (including the above) are the body to engine ground strap and secondly the health of the battery.

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I hate to sound ridiculous...the cable is located on the starter. There is an updated starter cable harness available, and a good idea "while you are in there" is to just replace the starter with a new one, replace the cable harness, and disconnect/clean the engine ground cable connectors very well with a wire brush. Also do your battery connectors, and if it has been three years or more on your battery, replace it as well.

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