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

Could this be a relay problem?

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  • jjthetravler Dec 30, 2008

    after replacing the starter that we tested before replacing, the vehicle will only start when it is hooked up to a battery jump starter that is putting out 55 volts to start, could this be the relay?



  • jjthetravler Jan 03, 2009

    I replaced the power and negative to the starter, took the battery in and had it checked, checked out good. vehicle will still only start when it is jumped on high with my charger? any more ideas, this thing is driving us nuts

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    tony yeatman May 11, 2010

    A little more detail would help

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55 volts?thats a large enough amount of power to destroy the starter.When you cranked it did the vehicle run ?Could be bad earth (Chassis/engine negative) Make sure the cable from battery to engine is securely fastened .Relays usualy fail and regardless of how much power you apply vehicle will not crank.As mitchstein mentioned the solenoid wire could be an issue also make sure the wire is on the right terminal if your starter is the type with 2 terminals.What i think the problem is though is that a starter that is floor tested is not required to be loaded up and asked to crank engine.If a second hand starter the true test is to do a load test. Things like starters and alternators should be remanufactured or at the least taken from vehicle thats still running so part can be verified to be worth selling.Anyway good luck and hope something here helps.Happy new year

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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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