Question about 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette
My van was running good this morning. I went to go run and errand and nothing. The radio still worked and so did the lights, horns, etc. The car would not turn over or even make a sound. Does this mean my battery is dead or could it be my alternator? The week before my windshield wipers just stopped working in the middle of a rain storm. I had to put it on HIGH just to start them up again. If I took it off of high then it would stop. Could this have been an indicator of things to come?
It sounds like your starter failed, more specifically your starter solenoid. But it is mounted right to the starter and sold together as a package deal. Most auto part stores can test these if you take the starter to them. Another quick check you can do is to turn on the headlights and try to start the van, if the lights do not dim, that is another good indication the starter failed. If the lights were to dim a lot it could mean its time to look at the battery, but from what you describe, I'm 99% sure its starter. Expect to pay probably 100-150 dollars for it. (P.S. whoever takes the starter off, make sure to disconnect negative battery cable from battery first or sparks may fly)
Posted on Oct 03, 2008
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