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Starter issues. Just dead air.

Battery new. All lights, inside and out, come on. Turn the key .. nothing. No grinding. Just dead air. I've always had trouble with the key turning. Could it just be something to do with that? But I'm thinking the starter. Finances are very limited. Dead in my driveway, so I can't take it anywhere.Please help.

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Try hitting the starter, that should engage it

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SOURCE: entire 1996 blazer electrical dies when starter solenoid engaged

bad ground cable,use a jumper cable from negative to alternator bracket, if it starts thats it.

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If the battery is dead, the ignition keys will not release from the ignition. If there is no signal from the transmission shifter that it's in park since the battery is dead, then the ignition lock will not release the keys.  After charging the battery or jumping the blazer to start it and the key's still will not release, try this. 
There is a "plunger" as part if the ignition. Under the steering wheel there is a small removable cap that you can take off and put a small screw driver up into and press the plunger in and it will release the key. Good luck and hope this helps, Keep me posted be glad to help. 

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did you replace the solenoid as well? double check battery cable connections and make sure it is metal on metal contact. If that turns out ok, then it may be relay or switch.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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SOURCE: changed starter...new battery....lights and radio

Starter Fuse? Possible failed ignition switch. Loose Cables on battery or starter. Starter not grounding properly. Bad starter Relay? Use Voltmeter check voltage going to main starter wire while someone cranks the motor if not power check power to starter relay while cranking if no power suspect ignition switch.

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SOURCE: 1998 chevy lumina want start changed starter and

Have your alternator tested.Your car will not stay running if the alternator is not producing enough power to keep the battery charged.Also have your battery tested and fully charged.Make sure your cables are in good shape.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010

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