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98 malibu won't start

I think the car froze up. started it smelled burning, checked it and serpentine belt had broken. Went to replace serpentine belt and noticed a pulley had melted. Replaced both parts and now the car won't start. All the dash lights come on when I turn the key on. The theft light only stays on for 2 seconds when I first turn the key on so I don't believe that is the problem. When I try to start the car it will click once and then nothing. It will not even attempt to crank.

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Recommend to locate the crank pulley on the front of the motor.
This pulley should be about 5 to 10 inches in diameter, and it usually is the pulley closest to the ground. It is on the front of the engine, but your engine being crosswise, that may mean the passenger side of the car.
This pulley drives the serpentine belt.
In the middle of this pulley is a large bolt that holds the pulley on. Find a socket to fit that bolt, and a long extension handle to fit that socket. You will need to be under the car to do this.There may be plastic shields in your way. Try to turn this bolt Clockwise, as you are wanting to turn the crankshaft, not loosen the bolt. If the crankshaft turns, the engine should not be "froze up". If that pulley won't turn, the motor may be "gone".

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

  • Amanda Jones Jan 06, 2013

    By froze up I meant there was not enough antifreeze in it so all the water in the radiator froze. I just wanted to make sure we were both talking about the same thing when we say froze. The water is all thawed now, we pushed the car into the garage and turned the heat on.

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your cars antitheft system is trying to prevent the car from being stolen so it is shutting it offf after it starts. go back over step by step you installation instructions make sure the ring around the ignition that comes with the remote starter is taped into the exact loacation it needs to be, or the cars own anti theft system will not notice it and will try to shut car off. its an anti theft feature. if this doesn't wotk you will not be able to use this remote starter. i ran into the same problem finally got it to work poperly.

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SOURCE: Replaced stock bcm with used.

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try locking your car with the key and unlocking it with the key, leave it for 30 second or so between the locking and unlocking , the car thinks some one has tampered with it

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