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I have a 96 gmc sonoma that wont start .I use to be able to disconnect the battery terminal and after 20 minutes it would start but now that doesnt work

It make a clicking sound in the glove box

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Might be starter solenoid sticking... you can tap on it ,but not too hard, then try to start it. if it starts, solenoid is bad

Posted on May 06, 2014

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SOURCE: do you have to remove whole dashboard on 96 gmc

  1. Remove the front dash panel by turning the lower screws in a counter-clockwise direction, then unscrewing the single bolt on the lip of the instrument cluster and pulling the panel out. Remove the rear wiper switch and the 4x4 switches, if applicable. Lowering the tilt wheel will allow the panel to be totally removed.
  2. Remove the radio, headlight switch module and glove box by turning their screws in a counter-clockwise direction.
  3. Remove the main dashboard by unbolting it at the front, between the windshield and firewall. There are six to eight bolts holding it in, and, once they are removed, the dash can be pulled away from the firewall. Be careful not to pull too much, as the wiring harness could become damaged.
  4. Drain the coolant system by turning the drain plug on the lower left corner of the radiator and allowing the fluid to fall into the drain pan. Uncapping the radiator can reduce the internal pressure.
  5. Remove the heater core hoses, on the upper left of the engine bay, by pinching their hose clamps with a pair of pliers and pulling them off. Some models will have screw-type hose clamps; turning them counter-clockwise will loosen them. Age and heat may have stuck the hoses to the core nipples, and the hoses can be cut right at these nipples if necessary. Leave enough hose to reconnect the new core.
  6. Unbolt the heater core's mounts with a socket wrench in a counter-clockwise direction. Once the bolts are free, the heater core can be maneuvered toward the windshield and slid out. Some coolant may splash out, so have a towel handy.
  7. Replace the heater core with a new one by sliding it into place and securing the mounting bolts.
  8. Reconnect the heater core's hoses, turn the radiator's drain plug clockwise to close it, then refill the coolant system with a 50/50 percent mix of coolant and water.
  9. Reconnect the dashboard to the firewall, then replace the front dash panel and fasten its instrument cluster screw and bottom bolts.
  10. Crank up the truck and add coolant until the heater core is filled and blowing hot air.
  11. Replace the radiator cap.
The Jimmy uses a coolant-heated radiator core mounted in the dashboard to provide heated air into the passenger compartment. This heater core can become clogged and leak, as it is usually the lowest point in the coolant system and debris settles into it. Replacement of the heater core will take the average of about two hours to complete. Good luck

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i found the problem it was the acuator on the side of transfer case so i took it off and manualy put it in 2 wheel drive now all i have to do is get under there and turn it with a tire iron thanks but got it under control......

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SOURCE: Turns over but wont start 91 gmc sonoma

any spark at the plugs could be a crank sensor gone

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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Will the engine start on its own after the engine is warmed up?
Let me know.
Regards,

Posted on Mar 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Relay keep clicking under the glove box.

I had same problem. You need to replace combo signal switch, You can get it on line for about $150---DONT BUY FROM DEALER OR YOU WILL PAY $300

Posted on May 18, 2009

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