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Starter problem a mechanic took off the starter and now quit. noone knows the wiring for the starter and i cant get it figured out. i put new cables new batt new starter. i put the wire the lites up when you turn the key to r post i put the wire that lites up when you engage the key to the i post. it turns over slow makes clicking noises in the solenoid and acts like its not getting enough juice. new batt to any help would be great

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Wiring to the starter; large cable coming from the battery to the
large post on the starter is direct current, hot at all times. there are two small wires that connect to the solenoid, one comes from the ignition.
Look for loose connection especially ground. If you jumper the connection on the solenoid to the large connection on the battery and it starts, I would suspect fault in the ignition circuit...

Posted on Dec 27, 2013

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It could possibly be the starter, but before you get that far make sure the Battery cables are connected very tight. If loose the car won't start or do anything. Also make sure the battery cable is grounded.

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can you hear the starter spin faintly when you jump it? like if the solenoid wasn't engaging into the flywheel? other than that i think you got everything covered.... did they load test the starter or just put power to it and spin it up? also make sure the copper wire from the main lug on the starter to the brushes inside the starter is not damaged or missing.. take some jumper cables and hook them to your battery and then directly to the starter and see if it spins it up if not try that with a different battery,, if still no go buy a new starter it may not be performing under heavy load good luck please rate -jeff

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Have the key and ignition checked! I am assuming that the key has a security chip on it, Right? If so, re-program key at dealership, and if that alone doesn't work, have them check both the key and column.

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SOURCE: location starter solenoid 1994 Olds 88 Royale

The solenoid is on the starter. The starter is located on the engine between the radiator and engine next to oil pan.

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don't know if this is needed now, but try the crank sensor.  I had the same problem years ago, and the crank sensor was the problem.  this is common in many 3.8 engines. i'm currently looking at another ninety-eight, and guess what...the crank sensor was replaced for the same reasons.  

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

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