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Have a 1994 caddy with northstar, i had removed alternator to repair a coolant leak, car will not hold charge over night, taken it to two differant parts stores to test aand everything checks out good, i was told that the starter was maybe the issue, help please!!!

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Check too make sure u have good connections

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The clicking you are hearing is the starter solenoid. This is a relay that applies 12 volts to the starter motor when you turn the key.

I agree with the parts man, it is probably your starter. Put your car on jack stands, (don't trust the jack itself to support the car with you under it) Disconnect your ground lead on your battery. When you get under the car there will be 2 (sometimes 3) wires attached to the starter. One is a large size wire coming from the starter. It will usually be red. There will be a smaller wire connected to a separate terminal on the startere. disconnect both wires. There will be 2 bolts holding the starter to the engine. Usually 1/2 inch or 9/16 size.. Remove the bottom bolt first. remove the top bolt and as it is about to come out you will have to hold the startere with one hand whilr you remove the 2nd bolt.. THAT'S IT

Take it to the parts store and they can check it for you. BTW, a new solenoid should come already mounter to the new starter.

Hope this helps. Good Luck Loringh

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Sounds like the auto shut down relay. Located somewhere in the front grille/bumper area. Relay triggers on impact to shut down all power in order to prevent fires etc. Great idea but can cause exactly the frustration you are having if you don't know it's there!!

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SOURCE: i have a 1990 cadillac deville and the front outlet pipe dosent hold coolant the metal has rusted so the car runs hot how do you remove or repair this

You will need to replace that particlar pipe. I would replace all including all hoses if 5 years or older. Antifreeze & thermostat too

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You might have a bigger electrical problem. One of your cables might be grounded this way allowing all flow of electricity to go to the chasis of the car, draining your battery. Check E.C.U. with mechanic

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SOURCE: 1994 LeBaron battery and alternator good but will not charge

Check for power on the large wire at the alternator. this can be done with the engine off. If there is not battery voltage at that wire at the alternator than there is an open circuit beaten the alternator and the batty. If I remember correctly there are fusible links somewhere in that circuit. Either way you'll have to start digging in to see where the problem is on that wire.

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