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My 2002 chevy suburban will not start. The battery is good and when I try to start it doesnt make any sound. It seem like the starter is not connected.

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1.Are the battery terminal ends corroded?
This is a side post battery, and they are notorious for battery acid leaking, out of the battery terminal seal.

Solution: Remove both battery terminals, (Negative {Black} terminal FIRST!) Mix up a solution of two tablespoons of baking soda, to one tall glass of warm water. Wearing protective gloves, (Dish washing gloves?), hold the terminal AWAY from the battery, slowly pour the baking soda/water solution on the terminal.
Work the terminal bolt back, and forth in the terminal end, to ensure the solution gets to all surfaces. The terminal will turn a bright copper color.

When you are satisfied that the terminal is clean, pour water over it to rinse the solution off. Dry the terminal with a paper towel, or suitable throw away cloth.
Clean the terminals on the battery with a wire brush.
Reinstall the battery cables. (Positive terminal FIRST, Negative terminal LAST!)

Throw the gloves away in a sealed plastic sack, wash your hands, and arms thoroughly.

2.Do the headlights come on now?
No? Replace battery cable, or cables.

3.Headlights come on? Suspect the starter drive, starter, and ignition switch.

At this point, it's time to have a competent mechanic look at it.
The mechanic will do a cursory inspection of the starter, and see if removal is necessary, or may want to test the ignition switch with a multimeter.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009


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