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Possibly starter has failed

Posted on Jan 01, 2017

  • Robert Heard
    Robert Heard Jan 02, 2017

    Thanks, I'm sure that's the problem!

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    _-__-___-_ Jan 04, 2017

    can be many things,
    you do know the guessing is expensive right?>
    and truth can be stranger than fiction?

    what most folks do at CLICK time... is...
    is to use jumper cables.(AAATOW, or you do)
    if engine craNKS NOW, ITS NOT THE STARTER !
    If it does not crank now, the starter or the key line is failing (at jump)
    so we hot wire the key line at the small pin on the solenoid (starter side)

    cranks now!,yes,starter is good. but key line is bad
    does not crank? now, starter is bad or cables to it bad. (the battery is good its a jump)
    that is how its done.

    with a $10 voltmeter, 10x more easy, ask.

    if you like to guess, and go broke here is the list.
    battery dead, or no good. or only discharged
    starter bad
    engine seized, (turn it by hand and feel it turn)
    battery cables bad. or only the lugs loose or green with concussion.
    key line bad. per below...
    key line PRNDL switch, both Park and neutral fail the crank test , does it?
    if only park fails, the park contacts are bad.
    ignition key switch bad.
    wires related to all that bad.
    so do you want to gue$$, or test.

    why not (crank it in neutral first)
    a/t box, operators guide tells you how.
    1: clean lugs first.
    2: jumper start it.?
    3: if that fails, now say so... and we go to step 4.


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What i s your question.?? no question stated !
1: please guess?
2: how to do tests.?
3: how to get car serviced, towed or house calls, or AAATOW>

you can charge the battery
you can jumper cable start it.
or in my case push start it. (stick shifts rule)
barrow a good battery. from good car and try it.
clean battery terminals yet???

Posted on Jan 01, 2017

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  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2017

    of the AAAtow or jumper cables fail
    that is a whole new symptom.
    we then test the starter and key line next.
    gue$$ can be expensive
    saw one guy here replace the starter 5 times.
    sad to watch.
    learn to ask a real question,?
    like this, starter dead
    how to test it/ (note the key words how and test)
    or how to guess, ask any 10 year old kid that.
    they know.
    welcome to Guessya(tm)

  • Robert Heard
    Robert Heard Jan 02, 2017

    Oh joy, you are such a life saver!!!

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    _-__-___-_ Jan 04, 2017

    so it cranks jumped.?
    keep in mind, it can repeat!
    why not say what you did,? and results.
    case in point/
    1: AAATOW jumps it engine started.
    is the battery/charge,lamp out.????
    the battery can just be discharge, if random lamps are lift on, and if found those,
    then the problem is gone now.
    but some things fail and use power key off.
    that is bad.
    Then there can be phantom drains on the battery or the charge system is dead.
    best is to use a voltmeter.
    make sure the battery is 13.3v to 15v running.
    if yes, good.if not bad.
    if bad, car stalls driving to work
    if battery is dead each morning after long charge. then go sleep and get up
    the that is PHANTOM DRains.
    that takes an AMMETER to find, ask.

    see that here.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2017

    keep in mind, dead batteries (or seems)
    has many causes.
    starter system. (and key line)
    charge system.
    phantom drains, (aka,dark current)
    or left on headlamps,
    or green battery lugs syndrome.



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