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SOURCE: when given power, car starts to crank with key in off position

Hi I'm litoshop if you connected the wires exactly the same way the old solenoid was connected then you have a bad solenoid if the parts are not oem you can get a lot of bad after market parts I prefer original parts to avoid these kind of problems, But if your not sure about the wiring then I need to know how many wires connected to the solenoid what year and engine is your car so I can help you. if this information has been useful please let us know thank you

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It sounds like the small tickler wires may be reversed to the Solenoid.

If no success, call Itasca and ask if there were any changes for this Solenoid. There are several types of Solenoid with the grounding being the major internal difference. Most likely your wires are switched.

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98 olds aurora i turn key wont start. all else seems fine after a few attempps it will start any idea whats wrong?


You mean it cranks but won't start, or it just won't crank over?

If it won't crank, possibly a defective starter motor or starter solenoid. To be sure: when it won't crank, put a test light on the small wire to starter solenoid with key held in start position. Wire should have power. If it does, defective or failing starter motor or starter solenoid. If no power on the wire, check battery and starter connections for loose connection. Further testing requires a wiring diagram to see the whole starting system.

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Motor don't turn nothing dash lights and head lights 1985toyota pu


Do the gauges and warning lights work with key on? If not, check fusible links, AM1 for ignition key power. If the gauges/warning lights work, the key switch has power, so you can follow it to the starter solenoid. The start wire out of the ignition switch is a black/white wire, this is the hot wire to the solenoid, and only has power when key is held in start. With automatics, there is only one switch-a neutral start switch- between the ignition switch and the solenoid on the starter .

With a manual transmission, the black-white start wire goes to both a starter relay and a clutch start switch (on the clutch pedal), those two work together to send the power on to the starter solenoid. So, no crank, good battery, power to key, follow the black/white wire, the start relay and the clutch switch, to the starter solenoid- a hot wire there turns the starter motor on.

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GMC 6.0L starter does not engage


To check the starter: key off, transmission in park or neutral, brake set. Pull off the small wire to starter solenoid. Then use a small jumper wire from battery cable post on the starter to the solenoid terminal (can also use a small screwdriver to bridge those terminals). Starter motor should engage the flywheel and spin the engine. If nothing, starter motor or solenoid is bad. If starter works, check for power on the small solenoid wire, with key held in crank. Wire should have power, if not, check start circuit from ignition switch to solenoid-the neutral safety switch is in that circuit.

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Something wrong in the start circuit. The fact that dash lights come on indicates the ignition switch seems ok.- power is getting to it and exiting it.

The next place to check is the starter: before taking it off and have tested, do this quick test: when the car won't crank over, pull off the small wire on the starter solenoid-mounted on the starter-and see if that wire has power when the key is held in cranking position. You will need a helper to hold key in start, and an inexpensive testlight or volt meter to see if the wire has power.
This wire is the signal wire from the ignition switch to activate the solenoid and allow battery power to turn the starter motor on.
If the wire has power and still no crank, then the starter or solenoid is the problem, assuming battery and cables are good and connected tight. Pull the starter off and test it. If starter is good, probably the solenoid.
If the wire has no power when key is held in crank, the problem is in the circuit from the ignition switch to the solenoid-includes the neutral safety switch, maybe a starter relay, too. One would begin testing by checking for power on the start wire exiting the switch with key in cranking pos. If good there, test the neutral safety switcfh. If you have manual transm, the switch would be on the clutch pedal. If automatic, have a shop locate and test that.
Good luck- often, not always, it is the starter or solenoid. But do that check for power at solenoid , first.

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If you have power to the starter motor solenoid, yet it will not start, then replace the solenoid.
If the solenoid is clicking when you turn the key, but if it still doesn't crank, then change the starter motor.
The solenoid is on the top of the starter motor.

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2000 saturn LS1...ignition seems to be locked up. Battery functions, as well as the fuel pump, ignition coil, replaced the starter and crank sensor, and timing gears chain and water pump were all replaced...


Check power to starter motor and solenoid. If no power present on engine crank, then check ignition barrel, key and main fuses.If power present on cranking, but starter motor does not energize, then check starter connections and replace starter motor and solenoid if necessary.
Double check starter motor operation with starter removed from the engine. If it works, then check engine condition as this may be seized.

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Have full interior lights and headlights but when i turn the key i get nothing. battery is new the security light is not on but the volts light is on. HELP!!!


Have you checked the starter motor and solenoid? Is the solenoid clicking when you turn the key to crank?
No click? Replace starter solenoid
Click, but no cranking? Check starter motor connections./Replace starter motor.

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No engine cranck, no warning lights


Check solenoid on starter motor.

A quick fix which works on occasion when solenoid hasn't completely failed is to strike the starter motor body with a hammer whilst trying to start.

Check power to solenoid with the key turned to crank position.

No power to solenoid? Check steering lock cluster, relay and fuses.

Do you have a flashing key on the instrument cluster? Change or re-program the ignition key


If you have no warning lights, no power to solenoid then check negative terminal fixing from battery.

If all is well, yet no crank, then replace starter motor and solenoid.

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No power to starter


Hi Tonymcder;
Here's what happens in the start sequence when ypi turn the key.

When you turn the key, you should at least hear the starter solenoid click. When you turn the key the ignition switch sends 12 volts to the Starter solenoid ( really just a relay). The Solenoid closes and applies 12 volts (at a high current) to the starter motor to crank the engine. If you have a way to measure voltage, you should get 12 volts at the small terminal on the starter solenoid. The solenoid is mounted on the top of the starter motor.If you get
no voltage, probably an ignition switch If you get 12 volts and the starter doesn't crank the starter is probably defective. At this [point take a small hammer and tap the starter motor, not hard, just medium. Sometimes this will cause the starter motor to catch next time you turn the key. Best bet is to remove the starter motor (with solenoid attached) and take it to an Auto Zone type store where they can check it out for you. Be sure you disconnect the ground terminal of the battery before you attempt to remove the starter motor.
Hope this helps Loringh Thanks for using FixYa

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Hi Jim.

When you turn the key, you should at least hear the starter solenoid click. When you turn the key the ignition switch sends 12 volts to the Starter solenoid ( really just a relay). The Solenoid closes and applies 12 volts (at a high current) to the starter motor to crank the engine. If you have a way to measure voltage, you should get 12 volts at the small terminal on the starter solenoid. The solenoid is mounted on the top of the starter motor.If you get 12 volts but no cranking, the solenoid is not working. If you get 12 volts and the starter doesn't crank the starter is defective. At this [point take a small hammer and tap the starter motor, not hard, just medium. Sometimes this will cause the starter motor to catch next time you turn the key. Best bet is to remove the starter motor (with solenoid attached) and take it to an Auto Zone type store where they can check it out for you. Be dure you disconnect the ground terminal of the battery before you attempt to remove the starter motor.

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