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A Simple Preliminary Car Starting Procedure

If your car won't start, try this procedure:

  • Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.
  • Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Verify the neutral safety switch allows power to the starter.
  • Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.

  • Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

Hope this helps

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suzuki won t start


no crank!, if it cant crank, it can never start.
can be many thing.
1: dead battery or dirty terminals.
2: discharged battery (charge it or try test known good battery)
3: bad starter system.
Every way, possible , is here
http://www.fixkick.com/nocrank.html

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I drove to work fine got back in 4 hours later car won't start battery dead. then got a jump came home turn car off now car wont start.


If you just hear a click, try this:
This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck bendix gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

Apr 10, 2013 | 2001 Audi A6

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Disconnected battery in 2007 gmc Yukon. Dash lights and radio work. Engine won't crank. Remote won't work. How to reset?????


kindly pls check the BCM which is located under the left side of the dashboared i hope that will help.

Mar 30, 2013 | 2007 GMC Yukon

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93 jeep grand cherokee laredo put new ****** in now won't start


Can be transmission not fitted properly issue.

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2001 GMC jimmy won't start. New starter, new


If the starter motor is turning the problem may be a broken flywheel tooth. If starter is not engaging the solenoid may be bad or not hooked up but that seems unlikely since starter was replaced. The problem's down there. If solenoid not clicking then problem may be further back.

Jan 15, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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