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99 Silverado wont crank?

Replaced battery as it was needed anyway on a 230,000 plus mile country driven pickup. also replaced alternator for same reason.. it was time. It was acting as if the starter was **** out.. will only click and clunk... similar to when starter went out on my 96 silverado. Tried the ol hammer to the starter to free it up.. even replaced the starter last night and am still faced with the same "click" upon turning the key. Truck just shut off while driving on service road, and then would not crank.. merely click. ANY help? Possibility of Timing chain slipping or breaking? NO indications of problems, no hesitation in acceleration, no strange noises or feel... just shut down out of the blue. FINALLY.. how difficult is the replacement of the timing chain if this is the problem?

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  • Shelby Steiniger Dec 12, 2008

    I WAS able to manually turn it over yes, sorry I forgot to include that in my initial post.



    camshafts ever break in these things>?

  • dennisf52 Dec 16, 2008

    I have late model 99 silverado . It sat for 2 days. When to start it nothing happen . I have interior lights and lights on dash. It will not crank at all.

  • rickseaston Dec 17, 2008

    I replaced the battery because it seemed to be geting harder to start. Now it won't crank at all. I have checked all of the fuses that have to do with ignition or starting. Someone suggested that I also replace the alternator. WHAT?? Please give some advice as I need my truck!!

  • RobbieCraze Feb 01, 2009

    all lights work truck wont turn

  • mikehumble May 11, 2010

    Have you checked for a fusible link at the starter? Or check the master fuses in the fuse box under the hood. If the fusible link was going bad it could cause all your previous problems. When it finally melts it will cut power to your ignition and not allow it to run or crank and this can happen going down the road.

  • mikehumble May 11, 2010

    Can you manually turn the motor? Pry bar on flywheel or breaker bar on crank balancer bolt.

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If it was a timing chain problem causing the click and no crank you would not be able to turn motor over manually. I feel it is electrical and state my previous request as the solution thanks. please rate if this was helpful or repost so i can help you further.

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    Please rate if this helped.

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Try checking for a shorted or open battery cable..maybe a bad connection somewhere..........check the main ground cable from the battery as well as the body ground.......(use a set of booster cables..put one end on the neg side if battery black or red.......put the same end that you put on the battery on a metal part of the engine.......to complete a temporary ground circuit....do the same with the body).....may be worth a shot..........
hope this helps...Good Luck!

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