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Engine Will Not Crank

When we try to crank the engine, you can hear the solenoid click but the starter does not engage and it completely drains the battery. We have removed the starter and taken it to Checker / Schucks / Krager to have it tested. It passed their testing just fine. We removed the battery and had it tested as well. It also passed just fine. What else could be causing this problem? (It's acting like a Dead Short to Ground) Could the Solenoid mounted on the fender be bad and shorted out?

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  • nexus667x Jan 11, 2009

    We reconnected the starter immediately after coming back from Checker. It did the same thing as before. I didn't actually dig out a meter and look for a dead short, but that's what it's acting like. The ring gear on the flywheel is fine, no missing teeth, and not really worn.

    Like I said, when you engage the starter, it drains the battery completely. I.E. the under-hood light is VERY dim after the attempt, as well as the dome light. The Solenoid on the starter itself works fine when removed from the vehicle and power is applied to it. This is why I think it may be the one mounted to the fender of the vehicle.

    As far as pulling the positive off the battery while it's running, that's not really good for the voltage regulator on the alternator. It worked fine on generated cars because the car actually ran off the generator. On Alternator designed vehicles, the car runs off the battery and the Alternator continually keeps the battery charged.

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Yes the solenoid could easily be bad. A selenoid is a large contactor that allows a small curent to poerate a large one. It had loargg cureent contact points inside and they wear evert time they are used. 
    You did not say if you reconnected the started. You did look for that dead ground somewhere on the cable leading to it correct? Although it usually woudl not kill the battery,if the teath on the started do not have enough clearance with the flywheel. or the flywheel ring gear is worn , or a bad bendixThe started would hang  and have the simptoms that you have discribed also.  



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I would check the alternator and you can do this yourself if you can get the car running once you get it running and while it is running take the positive side cable of the battery off and if it dies then it is the alternator

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