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Old 12-20-2008, 02:18 PM
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Please help...No start...just a single click

After driving my 88 GW for about 30 min on the interstart (speed of 70 MPH), I parked it, turned it off, ran inside my house to pick something up and when I tried to crank it back up <5 min later, it wouldnt start. It just makes a single click noise, then nothing.

I popped the hood and had my son (he's 4 years old ) try to crank it while I was listening under the hood. The click noise was coming from both the solenoid as well as the starter. I then placed a jumper wire across the solenoid and heard the same click from the starter.

Since the solenoid was giving a click, I figured that the solenoid was fine and that it was my starter that was giving the problem. I just replaced the starter this morning, and its doing the exact same thing with a brand new starter.

Any ideas what could be going on here? Could something be seized up? The the only thing I can figure is that the click coming from the starter is the starter trying to turn, but not able to. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:35 PM
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Check the battery terminals and also the voltage.
Should have somewhere around 12.5 volts.
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:38 PM
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Since you starter has been replaced this sounds like a loose connection or dirty battery cable
turn on the headlights, then hit the starter, headlights dim when starter clicks= battery or loose dirty connection at either battery or selonoid
If you suspect the battery, charge it and take to a parts store where they can load test it
I would bet though this is a dirty or loose connection in the mix
Check also your connections at the selonoid,
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Old 12-20-2008, 02:43 PM
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If your battery tests good, sometimes a couple of sharp raps on the starter with a hammer from underneath will free up a stuck bendix. (?)
If that doesn't work you can run one of your jumper cables from the hot post on the starter to the battery positive. If it turns, the problem is in the solenoid or wiring.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:24 PM
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****. That was a lot of work for a bad connection on the positive battery terminal

At least my starter was still under warranty, so I didnt loose any money on the deal...Just gained some valuable lessons learned when it comes to the electrical system. Thanks fellas.

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Old 12-20-2008, 08:12 PM
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Lead terminals SUCK. Thats a piece of "technology" that should have been phased out years ago if ever I saw one... I am using brass terminals which seem to work ok so far but I have not had them long. I was looking for gold plated (gold is noble metal and will not oxidize or corrode... Ever.) but I could not find any.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:20 PM
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Lead terminals SUCK. Thats a piece of "technology" that should have been phased out years ago if ever I saw one... I am using brass terminals which seem to work ok so far but I have not had them long. I was looking for gold plated (gold is noble metal and will not oxidize or corrode... Ever.) but I could not find any.

Check with car audio stores or sites. Check these out....

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_211BC1P...tery+terminals
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:38 AM
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If you have a boat shop around, go there as well. They use the "better" terminal ends.
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