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93 chrys lebaron won't start

The starter was replaced just over a year ago by the previous owner. The first time I had this problem it would start if I put it in neutral so I figured it was the neutral safety switch. I bought the part and took it to a repair facility and they called and said it's the starter ($400.00). Is there a way to tell if it's the starter or the NSS? Everything else works - power windows, radio, lights. When I try to start it, once in awhile I will hear a faint clicking, but mostly there is no sound. Can anybody help me with this?

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  • kalalika7 Nov 21, 2008

    Sorry I didn't respond sooner, Mike. To make a long story short, it did turn out to be the starter. The one that was bought previously was a remanufactured starter, and once we got it off and took it in to be tested, it definitely was fried. So today I purchased another one with a lifetime warranty for about $95., my friend installed it and presto! my LeBaron started. So it turned out OK and thank you for your help. I don't know if the solenoid was replaced when the starter was replaced before, but rather doubt it unless the solenoid was part of the reman. one. Again, thanks, your input did help.

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Hi kalalika,

Your starter should not have worn out in a year. So let's check other possibilities.

That clicking you hear is likely the solenoid.

This is essentially an electrically activated switch (relay) that connects power to your starter. The starter draws a LOT of power, so much that it would fry a normal switch. When you turn your key to Start, it activated the solenoid and in a perfect world would spin your starter and start your engine.

When the solenoid is working properly, there is a single, click. You might never even hear it since it would coincide with the engine turning over.

Multiple clicks occur when the starter draws more power than is available. Then there is not enough to keep the solenoid activated and it shuts off. Now that the starter isn't drawing power, the solenoid activates again, you hear another Click. The cycle repeats.

Causes:
Take care when working under the hood. Don't allow anything metallic to short them battery terminals. Wear safety glasses. Be safe.

Cable connections. Make sure your battery posts and terminals are clean and tight. Take them off, clean and reseat them. This one is like chicken soup for a cold, it can't hurt, it can only help.
If your car starts at this point, you're done. congratulations.

Low battery. Is your battery fully charged? If you can get a jump, do so.
If your car starts at this point, don't send your friend home yet. The battery was low, but how did it get that way? Take the cables off and run it for a while. Turn it off and try to restart it. If it starts, chances are you're fine. If not, check the belts. Are they tight? Missing? Frayed? If they are ok, you probably need to replace your battery.

Let me know how it turns out. I'm confident that one or the other of these is the cause of your problem. We can take it from there if these suggestions don't get you back on the road.

Good luck
Mike

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Nov 21, 2008

    So kalalika,

    Are you going to keep me in suspense? What happened? What did you find out?

    Is it fixed? And most importantly do you still need help?

    In case you weren't aware of this, I'd like to clarify it. Most solutions are not short and sweet. They take some interaction. I say try this and tell me what happens. Then you try that and you tell me what happened. We expect there to be multiple vollies back and forth. Thats just the way it is in tech support.

    So I was surprised that you rated my solution without any exchanges.

    Hopefully, your vehicle is up and running again. But if it isn't, let me know. Contact me by adding a comment here or Click on the Askme button under my name.

    I thought we were just getting started.

    Best of luck,
    Mike


  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Nov 21, 2008

    Had an additional question too. When the old starter was replaced, was the solenoid replaced also?

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case Nov 22, 2008

    Well now you know the whole range of causes. And I will amend my troubleshooting procedures to include the starter, even if it has recently been replaced. We are both ahead.
    I'm pleased you're on the road again.

    Thanks for letting me know. And thanks for using Fixya
    Mike

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