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My Car Will Not Start.

Many starter problems are caused by week or discharged batteries, loose and corroded cables. Check the battery and the connections at the battery first when having starter problems.
NOTE: please take all safety measures to prevent any harm to you while doing any of these checks or performing any of the test.
PLEASE NOTE: CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANY CODES BEFORE YOU DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY.some cars have anti-theft built into the radios and require a code to re-power the radio after the battery connection is lost.
Check for proper starting voltage:
1.) If you have a volt meter connect a voltmeter to the starter in this manner;Black lead to the starter case; red lead to the [s] terminal, (smaller wire on solenoid), have a helper try to crank the engine over, note voltage reading.
No crank - or voltage less than 12 volts.1.) If the engine does not crank and the voltage is less than 12.0 volts.Check for a problem with the

  • Neutral safety switch
  • Clutch safety switch, (if it has one)
  • Bad ignition switch or bad ground cable from the battery to the chassis/engine.
NOTE: The ground cable needs to be a solid connection to both the engine and the frame or body. Most cars will have a ground connection to the engine and from the engine to the frame or body they will have smaller braided wires.
No crank - and the voltage is more than 12 volts. If the engine does not crank and the voltage is more than 12.0 volts. Using your volt meter, put the red lead on the larger post of the starter (the one with the battery cable) The other black lead on the starter body for a ground connection. Have a helper try and crank the engine, check your voltage meter reading.
If the voltage is less than 12 volts. NEXT: Check the battery voltage at the battery during the Crank cycle.If the battery voltage drops below 9.0. volts Check the battery cable connections be sure they are clean and tight. You may have a bad battery, charge the battery for 30 minutes then recheck.
You can still check your starter problem with out a voltmeter, you can use and old school test light in the same manner as for the voltmeter, you just have to notice if the bulb gets dimmer or not light up.

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