Question about 1998 Pontiac Grand Am
The problem doesn't need to be the starter; the first thing you should eliminate is the chance that the problem is only poor contact at the battery terminals, the point where the negative cable is attached (either body sheet metal or engine block) and the starter terminal itself.
You can buy a tool for cleaning battery terminals at any auto parts store or, if the battery has side terminals, use any wire brush. - Disconnect the negative terminal from the battery first. - Then remove the positive terminal. - Clean all parts throughly. - Reattach them. - Try starting the engine.
If it doesn't start; - Disconnect the negative terminal again. - From under the car, locate the starter; it will be at the junction of the engine and transmission and it will have one end obviously butted against the transmission housing. - Remove the heavy cable from the starter and clean the cable end and the starter terminal. - Reattach the cable to the starter. - Reattach the negative battery terminal. - Try starting the engine.
If it still doesn't start, it may still be only a drained battery so find someone to 'jump' your battery and try to start the engine again. If it still doesn't start, then the starter could be bad.
I've had pretty good luck with rebuilt starters and these will cost far less than new.
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
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