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Starter I need to find out why my bonneville will not start, i was told it might be the starter and to tap on it to see if it might be jammed, where is the starter located?

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  • dejones_2004 Feb 26, 2009

    Thank you Robert!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    if u don't know where the starter is take this to a shop.



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Under the car... might be accessable from above too... look where the motor joins the will be there... if it's a front wheel drive it's at the front of the motor... rear wheel drive it could be on either side of the motor

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Feb 26, 2009

    almost forgot... when you do the hammer thing to the starter... you need someone else to turn the key as tho you were starting it... and if it starts that way... install a replacement starter before it leaves you stranded (again)


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    Roberta Smith Feb 26, 2009

    please consider bumping the rating to a fixya.. thanks



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if you find it only tap on it with someone else hold the key on for you.
cause beating it up and then turning the key will not work.
also do not hit it that hard as you will break the mags in side.

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