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I have a 96 cadillac deville 4.6 northstar engine. I have changed the starter three times already. Once it was cracked. Third time a new one was put in, it wouldn't start and and there was smoke coming...

You may have ground issue , to much current , high resistance . Do you know how to use a DVOM - digital volt ohm meter ? Do voltage drop testing on the starter electrical circuit . Watch these videos .
Starter Voltage Drop

How to voltage drop test starter motor circuit

Apr 29, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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1994 Camry won't start, other times starts right off, battery or starter problem

I'd really need to know if it cranks OK. If it cranks but won't fire, I'd suspect the EFI main relay of sticking. Take that out and tap it, then replace.

If it won't crank, and then does, I think the main contacts at the bottom of the starter solenoid are worn out. Intermittent operation is typical of that.

Mar 09, 2013 | Toyota Camry Cars & Trucks

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97 chrysler sebring starts sometimes after turning key several times, sometimes the first time,hear clicking and starter has been tested and is fine.

Check the positive wire to the starter... Then check the starter for a bad engine ground . By taking a test light to the positive terminal and touching the case of the starter and have someone crank the car( in the no start state) if the test light lights up , then you know you have a faulty ground

Jul 12, 2012 | Chrysler Sebring Cars & Trucks

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The car will not start 50% of the time when it wont everything works and the starter silynoid just clicks.

Take the Starter off and take it to an auto parts store (Advance Auto or Autozone) where they will bench test the starter for FREE to find out if it needs to be replaced. This is a free service!
If the Starter is bad, then you can purchase it from that store and have the old starter there already to void the core charge.

Let me know if this helped.

Aug 18, 2010 | 1996 Nissan Maxima

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Starter ( I think)

try to clean up the battery terminals first
but a starter installed should be about $200

Jul 21, 2010 | 2005 Dodge Caravan

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Need some help to change the starter in a 2003 Cadillac Deville

Take you time. Mark all of your bolts. Have your new starter ready. Do the whole job at one time. Don't give your self time to forget. Find the starter, look from the lf of the car next to the intake down in the valley of the engine. You should see it. Now everything above it has to come off. Good Luck!

May 25, 2010 | 2003 Cadillac Deville

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Did you check for loose wires at the solenoid? I know they are a buger to get at...

Oct 16, 2008 | 1996 GMC Jimmy

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Car won't start

If by "trying to start" you mean that the engine is turning then it isn't the starter that's bad as a couple have said. The starter's sole purpose is to spin the engine so it can start if, gas, spark, compression and timing are correct. If any one of those four are not available the starter can spin the engine until the battery dies and it won't start. If you don't know how to check for proper delivery of fuel, spark, timing and compression then I'd suggest taking it to a reliable mechanic.

Jun 11, 2008 | 2003 Renault 181

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