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Will not start

I have a gmc 1997 suburban, when you turn ignition it will not start, even changed out the batter. I also opened up the fuse box and switched the ac fuse with the starter fuse and still nothing. Any suggestions?

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  • Yolanda Padilla Jan 23, 2009

    I have replaced the fuel pump and injectors,even regulator. The funny thing is, I had my son take off the starter, we took it to get tested and worked fine. Checked all the wires, hooked back up the starter and everything. Still nothing. My son hit the starter with a wrench and car has been working since. Not sure if the magnets werent alligned in the starter or what. But weird thing was that they ran the starter on machine and it ran perfect.Question is, will I have issues later, I am not sure how we fixed it or its just a temporary fix.


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It might not be the pump. I have an 96 Blazer that had the same problem. I ended up replaceing the ingition switch.

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  • Dave Winterburn Jan 23, 2009

    Sounds like the brushes inside the starter my need replacing. If you know how to rebuild a starter, go for it. If not, it going to cost you for a new one. The rebuilts are more money that a new one, keep it in mind when replacing it.


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Is the engine spinning over,,or is the starting system not turning the motor at all?
If the engine turns over with the key,but does not start, you need to check to see if the engine is getting fuel, can you hear the fuel pump whirring for a couple of seconds when you turn the key to start(sometimes you need to do this when its real quiet) have someone turn the key while you go under the rear or side near the fuel tank, and listen.
If you cannot hear the pump running chances are that the pump needs replacing.

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