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My car doesnt turn over to start

My car a 1995 buick riveria wont turn over to start what are the possible problems and solutions

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  • patrickfwi24 Apr 17, 2009

    yeah it wont turn over

  • patrickfwi24 Apr 17, 2009

    yeah the car was working just fine wednesday nite and i went to start it for work thursday morning and it wouldnt turn over so i wouldnt think a starter would go bad over nite or at least id have a warning that it would go bad. the battery may be 2 or 3 years old also

  • patrickfwi24 Apr 18, 2009

    if the starter wire is loose can i fix it myself and if i can what wire is it?

  • patrickfwi24 Apr 19, 2009

    where is the starter located in the car so i can see if its loose and if it is can i tighten it up myself?

  • patrickfwi24 Apr 22, 2009

    i tried jumpin the car and after 5-10 mins it started but it didnt keep going and went back to where it was but it the key turned do u think i have a bad alternator it is 2 years old. the battery is a year old

  • patrickfwi24 Apr 24, 2009

    it better not be the switch i had it replaced last year

  • patrickfwi24 May 02, 2009

    yeah got a new battery and new bolts and started it and still wouldnt completley start so im baffled really

  • patrickfwi24 May 02, 2009

    yeah starts normally then dies slowly. like a cough. then doesnt stay completely started. checked the alternator at autozone they said it was good it passed on their machine. the battery was dead and replaced that and got new bolts. didnt even think of spark plugs it did spark at me today while i was putting the new battery in and then it sparked again when i did the alternator

  • patrickfwi24 May 02, 2009

    wasnt the spark plugs

  • patrickfwi24 May 04, 2009

    could it be a fuel filter? i mean it starts then dies slowly like a bad cough could the fuel not be getting somewhere



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If you've exhausted all other possabilities, it's probably the ignition switch. It's a wire bundle in the column (left side) that hooks into the key cylinder. About $150 at parts store. Same thing happened to mine and after I replaced it the car fired right up. You'll have to pull the front dash panel off, the bottom under the steering wheel, and the column cover. It's a bit of a pain but it will probably solve your problem. Seems like it has happened in a lot of other Rivieras.

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Dead battery or a faulty starter are common problems. You did say it WON'T TURN OVER ?

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    Eric Heifetz Apr 18, 2009

    What makes you you think a bad starter will give you a warning, and why can't it be good today and bad tomorrow ? Car are towed in everyday that drove perfectly yesterday. A 3 year old battery is borderline whether th carr is running perfectly or not. First find out the strength of the battery. It needs a least 12 volts. A starter problem will usually be repaired with a rebuilt atarter. Check out out the basics Hope this helps

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    Eric Heifetz Apr 19, 2009

    Ok the starter is located BELOW the L/S cylinder head. or if standing in front of the car , look at the radiator , then down at the engine, and it should be there. As far as it being loose. As far as the STARTER being loose, doubt it. NOW hopefully before check ine connections at the SOLENOID, you've DISCONNECTED THE BATTERY FIRST.

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    Eric Heifetz Apr 22, 2009

    Sounds to me like the battery is DEAD. I seen BRAND new batteries go dead overnight, with a good solid 12V draw on the system amongst other reasons First charge or replace the battery . Then check alternator output and for system drain..

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    Eric Heifetz Apr 24, 2009

    I still say its the alternator. It started with a jump, and the only reason it quit was the battery was dead, The alternator wasnt replaceing the power being used to keep the car running.

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    Eric Heifetz May 02, 2009

    Does it crank, like it NORMALLY does, and NOT START ? If the answer is YES, are the spark plugs getting spark, are they soaked with fuel, from you pumping the gas pedal while trying to start it ? Alternator output cannot be obtained till the car starts.



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