Question about 1996 Buick Park Avenue
My 96 Park Ave has been having what I thought were starter problems for a long time. If it were the first time starting it in a while it would start fine. If I had errands to run, the more stops I made the less likely it was to start. It would turn over but would not start, sometimes til the battery was dead. But a jump would get it going. Finally one day it said nothing at all. Not even click...nothing. The battery gauge didn't even register when you turned the key, even with a jump.
I have been told it is not the starter but the ignition switch, since absolutely nothing happened when I turned the key. Does anyone have any advice?
I would get a new starter for it. especially if it was sluggish in turning or would ckick before turning.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008
It could be the ignition going out. To test the ignition you would have to get a volt meter and find the hot wire to the ignition. When nothing happens when you turn the key, test the hot wire going out of the ignition that eventually goes to the starter. Your ignition is just like a light switch, just a little more complex. You will have to find the wire that connects the switch to the starter to see if the switch is working properly. If when you try to start the car see how many volts you are getting. It should be at 0 until you try to start the car. then it should jump up to either 12 or 24 volts depending on what your start used to start the vehicle. A lose wire from the battery can cause these same problems however. I would start with that and make sure you have good clean battery posts and connections. Then check to make sure they are tight. Then get into the ignition switch checks.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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