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Getting power to starter but not engaging had starter checked is good sometimes it will engage but most of the time it wont could the switch be bad or is there a modulator or fuse that could be bad

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  • dbandit67 Sep 10, 2009

    thanks but the solinoid has been replaced and checked

  • dbandit67 Sep 10, 2009

    thanks but the solinoid has been replaced and checked

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If you turn the headlights on with the car off and have an assistant watch them they should "dim" if the starter is getting current and trying to engage when you try to start the car. If they do not dim when you try to start it then the key is not giving the starter the signal to turn over. If you don't have an assistant, turn the headlights on AND the dome light and check by yourself, it just makes it more difficult.

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Most likely needs to have starter solinoid replaced very common on GM vehichles. It is mounted on top of the starter and signals the starter to throw the drive out to engage flywheel

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  • jhill57 Sep 10, 2009

    When the starter was out did you look at the teeth on starter drive? If they look worn or beat up it could be that the flywheel ring, has missing teeth so it won't engage.

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