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When I installed the starter all it does is click route the starter back out and did a screwdriver test the starter spins

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Have you got the cables on right ?

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I go to start my car and hear one click and a wuring noise, it wont start. 98 malibu v6

so the starter was tested but was it tested properly
was a torque test done to check the pinion drive clutch for operation
sounds like either that clutch is faulty or the pinion drive is not being moved out by the solenoid linkage before the starter is engaged

Dec 07, 2016 | 1998 Chevrolet Malibu

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Do you mean, off the car, when hit the big terminal with a jump lead the starter spins up? Or you can turn the dog with a screwdriver? If its good when powered up off the car check the battery heavy ground wire is on a good clean engine connection. If you don't know how to test off the car get a buddy who does

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How can I test for a defective starter?

The most conclusive way to test your starter is to remove it from the vehicle and simply test functionality with a 12V battery. Typically there are three points on the starter case were wires are attached you can use a screwdriver with the starter on the vehicle to jump the points and listen for the starter to activate, however this is inclusive because you cannot see what is happening. With the starter off the vehicle you can use your cars battery to test the starter(you will need test leads or jumper cables and a screwdriver). Attach the lead from the negative battery post to anywhere on the starters case to ground the circuit. Now attach the positive lead to large positive wiring point on the starter, now it is supplied with power. When you turn you ignition a second 12V signal is ent to the starter to activate it, to simulate this TOUCH an additional posative lead to the activtion post on the starter, if you do not have leads use a screwdriver to bridge the gap. Your starter solenoid should come out and the starter should spin forcefully, if it does not function or spins weakly replace it. For one on one help, videos, and anything else you could need to solve your problem you can contact me through my webpage

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Dodge intrepid starter

remove battery terminals clean replace .test battery for strenght or put on jumpers see what happens. if it spins over then you must test altenator . if the battery shows to be good with putting a load on it. {load meter ]

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New starter installed spins but wont engage ingine

The starter sprocket wheel is thrusted into engaging the flywheel by a big solenoid. That solenoid is integral part of the starter motor. If the starter turn itself but it doesn't turns the engine then either it was incorrectly installed or the thrust solenoid is defective.
Simple test: take out the starter, attach it to a bench, connect to it thew power cables from a battery (the minus one to the body, the plus one to the big connector bolt) then short the big connector bolt to the small one with a screwdriver - the solenoid should activate, the sprocket should be thrusted forward and the motor should start spinning it.
If that doesn't happen then the starter you just bought is defective, replace it. If that happens the starter was incorrectly installed on the engine. Reinstall it correctly.

Jun 17, 2011 | Dodge Stratus Cars & Trucks

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The lights on the dash will go on but it wont start no click from starter i have changed the ignition switch and got a new chipped key and still will not turn over i know it has to be an electrical...

I would start with testing your starter a bit more thoroughly. A starter does not always "click" when it goes bad. Often it does nothing at all.
Use regular jumper cable to do this test or a "jumper box." Hook the red to positive and black to negative on the battery when you are ready to do the bench test. Remove the starter and put it into a vice. The "big terminal" on the starter solenoid is where the positive battery cable goes. There are one or two smaller terminals on the solenoid, one going to the "start" position on the ign switch.
On a bench test, the negative battery jumper cable goes to the vice that is holding the starter by the frame. The Positive goes to the "big terminal" on the solenoid. Jump from the big terminal to one of the smaller ones with a jumper wire or a screwdriver blade to actuate the solenoid. It should click and the starter should whirrrrr. If it does, don't get carried away and let it spin freely for a long time - it's not good to run a starter with no load for extended periods of time, especially an old and tired one.
If it doesn't spin, look for another "big" wire going into the starter. On GMs you can usually see it at the other end of the solenoid - it goes into the body of the starter. Carefully touch the positive jumper cable to it and the starter should immediately whirrrr and you should get a good sized spark - that is normal - the starter is a heavy current eater.
If you get no whir from that test then the starter motor is fried inside. You can take it apart and see if it is fixable (new brushes, a clean-up of the commutator and possibly new windings, but at that point I would suggest a rebuilt starter/solenoid assembly.
If the starter did whir on the last test then you can remove the solenoid and either rebuild it or replace it, the later being a good idea. The new starter will come with a new or rebuilt Bendix drive which is probably next in line for failure.

Mar 09, 2011 | 1998 Cadillac DeVille

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I have a 1996 Saturn 2 door, and I can't get it started. The battery is charged, there is plenty of gas, but when I turn the key nothing happens, it doesn't turn over, no clicking sounds, nothing. Can...

You probably need to pull the starter off the car and take it to an auto parts store so they can test it for you - I suspect the solenoid is bad and it is mounted on the starter. There is a way to test it once you have it out of the car, but you'll need to be careful - if it works it will spin the starter fast and hard and the starter will try to take off. Step on the starter and hook up a jumper cable from the positive terminal on your battery to the large pole on the solenoid. Now hook up the negative from the battery to the case of the starter - using one of the bolt holes will work. On the solenoid there is a small terminal that may have an "I" marked on it. touch the tip of a screwdriver to that terminal and lean the screwdriver until it touches the positive cable - if the solenoid is good the starter will click. If the solenoid is bad nothing will happen. If both the starter and solenoid are good the starter will activate - this is when it will try to take off on you!!. If the starter activates, then you have other issues that re kind of involved to troubleshoot and I recommend you take it to a mechanic to have them find out what went bad.
I hope this helps and please rate my solution!!

Nov 25, 2010 | 1996 Saturn SL

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1999 Dodge durango 5.9 starter clicks but wont turn over replaced starter/battery good as well as the starter relays

pull starter back off but do not disconnect cables, then try key again, if starter spins use a large standard screwdriver to turn the flywheel through the starter mounting hole,if it doesnt move u have motor trouble

Oct 03, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Durango

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My 1988 4x4 3/4 ton chevy long box with a 350 engine wont start i have power to the dash but the starter wont click or turn over but when i put a screwdriver across the starter it spins but wont kick in to...

If when you jump the starter with a screwdriver & it spins without engaging the flywheel - I would say with reasonable confidence that the starter is bad..

Hope this helps !!
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Jul 10, 2009 | 1988 Chevrolet S-10

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