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  • avatar MrShift@Edmunds 06/19/08 11:14 pm PST

    Have you tried using a remote starter--by that I mean a hand switch where you clip one end onto the battery, the other on to the starter solenoid (relay) and then press a button. This bypasses the ignition switch. If the starter spins then you must have a voltage drop between the battery voltage and the starter solenoid.

    Be sure your car is in park with the emergency brake set before using any kind of remote starter.

    Other possibilities:

    Your starter motor is not aligned properly at the flywheel

    Your motor is seized


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  • MrShift@Edmunds 06/19/08 11:14 pm PST

    Have you tried using a remote starter--by that I mean a hand switch where you clip one end onto the battery, the other on to the starter solenoid (relay) and then press a button. This bypasses the ignition switch. If the starter spins then you must have a voltage drop between the battery voltage and the starter solenoid.

    Be sure your car is in park with the emergency brake set before using any kind of remote starter.

    Other possibilities:

    Your starter motor is not aligned properly at the flywheel

    Your motor is seized


  • docj 06/20/08 2:12 am PST

    To add to Mr shiftrights excellent answer...

    One other possibility is that a component can lock up,Like the alternator,and due to the tension of the serpentine belt and the locked component,the starter will not be able to turn the engine over.
    Try taking off the serpentine drive belt and see if it turns over then,if so,check to see what is locked up and replace it..have seen many many alternators due this.


    Doc J

  • simpilot1 06/20/08 4:00 am PST

    Other possibilities are a bad ground to the chassis or engine and or internally corroded battery cables. Put a wrench on the harmonic balancer bolt and try to turn the engine by hand to eliminate engine seizure as a possibility.

  • xxjectxx 06/21/08 6:34 pm PST

    Replaced Positive wire from battery post down to the starter. Checked ground wires and they seem snug and fairly clean.

    Useing a friend, I checked voltages when trying to start, on battery it is 11.55 volts or higher, same with on the Solenoid (wire from battery). The wire from the 'Ignition Switch' on the other hand does not go higher then 5 volts. So I tried touching the 2 wires together to see if it would crank a little, No luck just clicks. Will have to play with it and see if maybe it isn't lined with flywheel like you mentioned.

    Was able to turn pullies/belt and it was not stuck.

    Still Just clicks. I'll have to replace the Ignition switch since it was low voltage, correct? (if I can find where it is?). Its odd when I touched on the solenoid the 12v wire to the wire coming from the switch and nothing but clicks.

  • xxjectxx 06/21/08 7:13 pm PST

    Upon turning the crank pulley, everything else turns with ease so engine can't be siezed for what I know.

  • simpilot1 06/23/08 6:50 am PST

    Did you replace the solenoid when you replaced the starter? If not do so.

  • xxjectxx 06/23/08 9:09 pm PST

    Problem solved....

    New Ignition switch, New Positive cable (from battery to starter) Cleaned off ALL ground connections, put a new eye bolt connector on the wire fthat came from the switch.

    Starts up every time.

  • waggawee 08/08/08 1:25 am PST

    it's your starter at fault, the click you hear is the starter solenoid, but the starter it self is not turing on or coming in. Which mean the brushes in the starter are worn, plus the starter use ring gears and it need to be re-grease. To make sure of what i am saying you can test and make sure your getting a straight 12 volts all when the engine is turn off to make sure it gets it main + current, the engine is ground enough and you are already getting the solenoid which mean your getting the key 12 volts when you turn to start. You can start the vechile by tapping the starter with a hammer while someone else is turning the key while you tap and the vechile should start. when it do start you can turn it off and it start back that dont mean the problem is solve, it need to be taken down and service. (waggawee ) One more thing get the battery charge up, because a weak battery cant start your vechile. 11.55v is good enough, but it runs down everytime you try cranking ok. Try what i say first. And it has nothing to do with your ignition key switch ok.

    Source: auto electrican

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