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1997 Chevrolet Z71 Pickup (intermittent start)

New battery, new solenoid, started was tested (reported good at Autozone) and put back on. Truck started right after I put the starter back on (had to replace solenoid because I broke corroded lead wire and couldn't get it off). I drove it around the lot for 3 minutes and then parked it. Came back two days later and it won't start. All accessories work, won't even make a click. Tested battery (good), solenoid wire is not hot when ignition is turned. I'm hearing some things about ignition switch and/or starter relay? Any thoughts? How do I test either/both? Where is the relay (if it exists)? Where is the ignition switch/how do I replace? Saw something about pulling off the steering wheel...ughhh. Thanks for taking a moment to read this.

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  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    I installed a new starter\solenoid and fusible link but when I engage the ignition all it does is click

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    I have replaced the starter, the starter relay, chcked al connectios and all wires iver had the starter tested at the auto shop and its showing it good all around but after the car starts the solenoid wont disengage. what would be causing this?

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Hard to start

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    all switches and relays are good

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    car would not turn over, replaced starter, next day same thing, do I need to replace the ignition switch

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    1997 chevy malibu will not turn over, battery is good, just replaced starter yesterday, is it the ignition switch? or do I have to reset something? thank you



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If your truck was in my shop (The Car Doctor), the first thing I would do after hearing your story would be to connect a romote started to the starter itsself. This tool is also called a starter button. You can buy one at most auto parts store. It has two long, heavy wires and has a button at one end and 2 clamps at the other.

crawl under and get next to the started and with the romote starter, connect one clamp to the largest termal there. that will be the one with the battery cable. Connect the other connector to the small termal post, the one maked I for ignition. Hand the romote starter up to your helper and then crawl out from under the truck. With the ignition switch off, you will be able to activate the starter. If you can you have just by passsed the battery and starter, meaning your problem in in or near the ignition switch.

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