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96 olds 88 3.8l not turbo ,vin code k

This started out as a bad crank sensor that causes stalls and hard starting.but one day trying to start it something gave out and it died like a battery going bad.i have replaced 3 neg cables 1 pos cable, battery(retested) starter(retested) all ok.ran a wire from the purple wire of the solenoid to the battery and still got the got the loud click.took off purple wire off solenoid and took off pos cable from battery and using my wire to the battery still got the same click.I can rotate the engine by hand so not froze.the battery and the starter are new.what could maby excessive starting cause.any info would be great THANKS!!

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    its da same



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If you do not heard at least a click when you try to start the engine.. check if the security light at the dashboard turn off when you put the switch at on position... if not do this.. take the drive whel out, , the start switch has a very thin wire soldered to the chip that that send the signal to unsecure the car.. after years this small gauge wire gets broken or unsoldered from the key chip because the wire goes back and forth everytime you start the engine.. so the car computer is reading always security code and the car never will start.. that happen to me once..

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Can you hear the starter spin faintly when you jump it? like if the solenoid wasn't engaging into the flywheel? other than that i think you got everything covered.... did they load test the starter or just put power to it and spin it up? also make sure the copper wire from the main lug on the starter to the brushes inside the starter is not damaged or missing.. take some jumper cables and hook them to your battery and then directly to the starter and see if it spins it up if not try that with a different battery,, if still no go buy a new starter it may not be performing under heavy load good luck please rate -jeff

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