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Starter installation hey, a friend of mine has a 1995 oldsmobile achieva that wont start. It has worked fine for the past few years, but all of a sudden began to sporadically not start. Sometime it would, sometimes it wouldn't. Then it just stopped working altogether. We picked up a starter from a junkyard, that was tested, and worked. I installed the new starter myself, and still no start. When the key is turned it clicks once loudly, and then nothing. The belt probably moves less than an inch when this happens. Any ideas?

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  • rraithel Sep 17, 2008

    Here's the thing... someone changed the terminals to top post... The car sat for about 6 months, and the battery ended up dying so I had to find a battery with reversed terminals, thank you Autozone, but im worried maybe I ended up with the wrong battery??? I never really thought to just buy new side post terminals and put those back on the car, and get the correct battery. The one we got was the exact same size as the one that came out of the car though. As soon as it was installed, the car started up fine everytime, after 2 months I was still getting power, but it stopped starting. Like I said before, every once in a while it would randomly start, but most of the time, nothing, not even a click. The new starter was installed, and im getting that click, and still no start... It was my first time installing a starter, could i have put it in wrong? It seemed like a pretty simple procedure to me...



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The side post battery terminals on GM are a corrosion magnet, Take them off, pop out the bolt rom both positive and negative. Clean all the corrosion off the bolt all of it right down to shiny metal. Then peel the rubber cover on the cable ends back off the area where the bolt goes. wire brush it shiny if you have to cut the rubber cover so it will expose all of the cable end, then clean it good clean the battery where the cable connects also and put it all back togother make sure the engine side of the Negative is clean both the engine and the cable end and secure.
Try to start it Has anyone checked the battery with a load tester? you can have 12 volts but near 0 amps and amps is what s needed to crank the car over. if this information helps please rate me a fixya and contact me with feedback at
If there is anything more I can do to help on this problem contact me Thanks ,Randy

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    Randy Harkins Sep 21, 2008

    will the engine turn all the way around twice with a wrench by hand to make sure its not LOCKED -UP?



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