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OLDS 97 REGENCY - where to clean contacts and how to check the starter with out removing it in the first place, for a check under the car and starting issues.

1. I think I need to clean the startering contacts for the starting system, where do I start, how do I clean them and where do I find them at? 2. My car will not start when it seems to be rained on a bunch or a little bit. I guess it is the starter, maybe not? I have electrical power completely across the car and if ready to start, sometimes it will NOT start in the rain. And some times it will. When it wont start, I have to try a few times and wait about 15 minutes for the car to then start. Mostly when it is dry outside it starts the first time, every time. The rain seems to be the issue, what do I do? 3. Or perhaps, do I need a new starter and are they easy for a beginner to replace it for themselves? What special tools do I need to rent/buy?

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If you are having problems with starting during humid weather, might want to check your spark plug wires and distributor, if you do not have electronic ignition system.

Based on the description you give, most likely it is not the starter. When you turn the key, does your engine turn over ? If yes, then you can rule out the starter. If no, then with the help of someone have them turn over the key and check for power at the starter and see if you are getting power to starter and solenoid.

Posted on Dec 09, 2016

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    Jason Ranck Dec 10, 2016

    The spark plugs and wires were replaced 2k miles ago

    Sometimes, when the car is wet, wet from rain or slush/c*ap and melting snow coming off the road or off the car, the car will not start. Yet I get power to the lights, horn, door locks. windows, etc.... but will not start. I have to turn the key to the START position several times, on and completely off, several/many times. After, between 2 to 20 minutes, turning the car to "ON" and then "OFF", it starts the motor right up and I drive away.

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    SeabeeMechanic Dec 11, 2016

    Have you checked the main battery cables? Make sure you look at the ground cable (negative) and all other ground wires that are in the engine compartment. If they are all good, might be a bad ignition switch.

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