Question about 1998 GMC Jimmy
What happens when you try to start it? Do you hear a small click or a heavy clunk? Is there a good connection between your negative post on your battery and ground? Between your positive post and the starter solenoid?
If you don't hear anything, the relay or the fuse for the power to the relay could be blown. Check the fuse, first, then the relay.
If those are fine, the neutral safety switch could be stuck or the connection may have come off. Try shifting back and forth a few times with the key on, then try cranking again. If nothing happens, you will need to check the connection and the relay. The simplest thing to do is to bypass the switch, which is mounted on your transmission. Disconnect the switch and connect a jumper across the connectors on the plug. If it cranks, the problem is your switch.
If you're hearing a click, but it doesn't crank and you know your starter is good, it could be the starter solenoid, mounted on the starter, or the wire going to it. You can check the solenoid by briefly connecting a jumper wire from the large positive post on the solenoid to the S terminal. Make sure the vehicle is in park with the brake on and the wheels blocked, as this will crank it over if the solenoid is ok and you have power and ground! If it makes a big clunk, but the engine does not crank over, your engine is seized, and you have serious problems to deal with.
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