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99 chevy prizm starter problems

First, My car was not wanting to start all the time only sometimes...when it was not starting all i got was one click from the starter.

I have replaced the battery (which was bad, pulled 7 when a load was put on it)
I have replaced the whole starter.

now my car wont start at all... all i get is one click but wont turn over ever.

i have checked the voltage from the positive wire that connects the starter and it pulled 12.5-12.6 volts which was good from the instructions i have received.

I have tried to check the continuity between the ground wire from the starter to the battery. and i got nothing...are they grounded separetely? or is there a problem with the ground? if so where is the ground wire exactly ussually grounded to? i cant find it... i followed the wires and it looks like it is going to the block with a plug end on it? i am lost. pppleeeaasssee help


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  • mhtrautman Mar 16, 2009

    it ended up being the new stater was bad.



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Have you verified the engine will turn over by hand? Disconnect the battery, get a socket that will fit the crankshaft bolt and try to turn the engine over. If OK, reconnect your battery cables, use your digital volt meter, place the negative lead of the meter to the positive battery cable post and the positive meter lead to the start solenoid stud at the starter. You should not see more than 0.5 volts. If you see more than that, your positive cable is bad.
Repeat the same step with the negative cable, result should be the same.
Start there and let me know.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

  • Bruce Bracey
    Bruce Bracey Mar 16, 2009

    Thanks for the feedback.



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