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I replaced the starter on my 1994 Grand Am Se, and now the vehicle will only start when it is jumped with a high voltage charger? could this be a relay problem

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Need a new coil or try using a new battery either

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Bad ignition switch (Check to see if voltage reaches starter relay/solenoid when turn to start. If not, check for open P/N switch and brake or clutch pedal switch. Replace ignition switch if defective).
Open P/N safety switch, or open Brake Pedal Safety Switch (automatic transmission) or open Clutch Pedal Switch (manual transmission). Bypass switch with jumper wire to see if engine cranks, or use test light or voltmeter to check for voltage passing through switch when ignition is turned to start.
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If your starter is drawing too much amperage and/or you have poor spark this can happen. Starter will steal necessary amperage depriving ignition system of voltage necessary to operate. To check starter draw, first load test your battery to make sure it is good, then put a volt meter across the battery and crank it over. If voltage drops below 9,5 volts, the starter is drawing too much and needs to be replaced. If it checks out good, check the coil for spark output. spark should easily jump a 1/4'' gap and have a good "snap" to it (not weak and fluffy orange spark)

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Repalced the starter on my 1994 grand am se, still will not start

sure, but morel ikely you have a short (partial short) in the main wire to the starter. I believe those have a fusable link someone inline on the battery wire to the starter. find that fusable link and replace it that should clear up the lose in voltage problem you appear to be having.

As for a relay, the relay shouldn't be much more then a few 20-30 bucks and it is good practice to replace the relay when replacing the starter anyway.

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