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  • avatar karjunkie 05/18/10 9:17 am PST

    You say it won't crank. Do you mean the engine will turn over but not fire or it really does not crank at all, ie does not even turn over.

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  • karjunkie 05/18/10 9:17 am PST

    You say it won't crank. Do you mean the engine will turn over but not fire or it really does not crank at all, ie does not even turn over.

  • ichabod1 05/18/10 9:36 am PST

    When I said the car won't crank that's what I mean. It won't do nothing.

  • karjunkie 05/18/10 10:52 am PST

    OK, if it is an intermittant cranking problem I would concentrate on the ground connection or a starter problem. First check the negative battery terminal cable at the ground point on the chassis or engine ground point. Make sure it is tight and making a clean connection to the metal. Now test the starter the next time you get no cranking. Turn the headlights on and observe, activate the ignition key to crank the engine over. If the headlights stay bright the electrical circuit is not connected, therefore no voltage drop. A popular reason for this is the winding inside the starter has shorted or the starter armature brushes have worn out and replacement is recommended. If headlights dim way down this indicates your battery is weak and needs either replacement or recharge.

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