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Engaging the Starter

I just replaced the ignition switch (on lower part of column) and the starter solenoid. After the installation of the switch, it started fine. After I installed the start. I put it back up on the jack stands, put the ignition key to on, went underneath and jumped the solenoid and it started. I got in the car, shut it off, and then restarted it several times with the ignition key. I took the car down off the stands, got in the start, no noise at all when turned to the starting position. The lights on the dash dim out when in start positon, but no starter engagement, no clicking of the solenoid, but if I go underneath and jump the ign terminal and the Battery terminal of the solenoid, it will engage and start the motor.

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Check to make sure that when you turn on ignition switch the solenoid is receiving power to engage the pinion gear and feed power to the starter motor. It is new so I suspect it is not receiving juice. U may have some bad connection causing the intermittent issue. PIA.

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Recheck the battery, the starter doesn't care if your battery gives 12 volts, it needs CCA (Cold Cranking Amps),  Autozone will test this for free where I live, most likely where you live too.

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Do you have a Chip in the Key? if so that Could be the Problem,Ya see the chip is a resistor and if it looses its ELECTRONIC VALUE in its Case Resistance it wont start to test this Turn the Key in the ON posission then do the Screwdriver thing If it Starts Key is Good and Most Likely the Ignition (SWITCH) is Bad <<ELECTRICAL Side NOY LOCKEST SIDE For More Info Recontact Me<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

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check battery voltage .it should be 12.5 volts.

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SOURCE: starter will not engage. have new battery. sometimes car starts. sometimes not. when it won't start, jumping will start it. mechanics can't find the problem.

may be you should check your sparking plug first . then the oxygen filter , if not change your rotor

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Any chance your vehicles have a security/alarm system. Disconnecting battery on some, will arm it sometimes & not allow it to run. Using key to unlock door, on driver & passenger side have been known to work on some vehicles, but if not, a call to dealer should help.

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