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1996 buick won't start

When the key is turned all dash lights come on but starter does not do any thing.no previous problem.

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Try having someone turn the key to the start position while at the same time someone else taps on the starter with a hammer. If starter begins to crank the engine or makes weird noises or begins to smoke then you need a starter. If nothing happens, then using a test light or a volt meter check for power at the "S" terminal of the starter solinoid when the key is turned to the start position. The "S" terminal is the small terminal to the right of the terminal where the battery cable goes when viewed with the battery cable terminal at the 12 Oclock position. (usually a purple wire). Hope this helps.

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When you put the key in and you turn it over all the power comes on but won't turn over, is that a starter problem or an alternator problem?


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