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92 bonneville ssei intermitten starting problems/unreliable

Starter turns over slow always, had at two different gm garages the last few times, they replaced the ignition, battery, battery cables, and did a draw test done on the starter. Checked all wiring to starter. And still having problems! Is there something else we should be looking at?
Starter does not click. But let it rest a while and starts again. But still will turn over slow.
The car has 107,000mi still looks new in and out, all new tires, brakes, calipers, have alot invested, and is is safe car if I could get this reliability problem fixed. I would like to give to my daughter for her first car, but do not want her stranded.
Please help!!!!!!!!!

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  • rlgsag94 Nov 23, 2008

    Thanks for the info,it was very helpful!!!! I had the car stranded. Jacked it up and had someone crank it over while looking at all the connections on the starter, noticed a small spark on the ground wire of the solenoid, graounded the connection with a screwdriver and it started right up. Took the car home, removed the loose brass nut on the solenoid, cleaned all the connections, tightened the post, reassembled, sprayed alittle wd40 on the connections, and is starting like new again. Very, Very happy......

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Have the started removed and clean the contact area with the bellhousing and starter. All you will need to worry about is your daughters driving! Frankster016

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

Testimonial: "very quick response, upon removing electrical connections, noticed small post on starter wire was corroded and loose. "

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Four types of starter motor are utilized depending upon the vehicle transaxle and assembly plant location. Manual transaxle equipped vehicles utilize a conventional starter motor which consists of a yoke, an armature assembly, an overrunning clutch assembly, a solenoid, a commutator end cover, a brush holder and a pinion drive lever. Automatic transaxle equipped vehicles utilize a reduction type starter motor which has, in addition to the components found on conventional starter motors, a reduction gear and shock absorber assembly.

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With the contacts closed, the starter solenoid provides a closed circuit between the battery positive terminal and the starter motor. Because the starter motor is permanently grounded to the engine block, the circuit is complete and cranking occurs as soon as the starter solenoid contacts are closed.

When the engine starts, the pinion is designed to overrun and protect the armature from excessive speed until the ignition switch is released from the START position. With the ignition switch released, a return spring in the solenoid assembly forces the starter solenoid contacts open, breaks the circuit between the battery and the starter motor, and disengages the pinion. To prevent prolonged overrun, the ignition switch should be immediately released upon engine start-up.


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