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Sunfire gt 97 2.4L. car won't start, small

Sunfire gt 97 2.4L. automatic. car won't start, small clicking sound, at front top of engine. starter itself making no sound. tested power to starter, there is power, but no response. bought new battery, cleaned connection still no response.

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  • Brian B Jun 27, 2009

    thank you, i will give it a shot.

  • Brian B Aug 01, 2009

    I replaced the starter nad solenoid, still no response, however the anti theft light stays on while trying to start and the check engine light.

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Sounds like a starter solenoid went bad which it is easier to replace the whole starter assembly then just the solenoid and you can get one with a LLT Limited Life Time warranty.

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