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I installed a new starter motor in my 1977 1/2 ton Chevy. Hooked up all wires, hooked battery back up, turned key on ignition some dash lights and fan motor came on but not even a click from the starter.

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If this one is from somewhere like Auto zone or O'Reilly's, it is possible it is bad. Double check all of your connections and tighten as neccesary. Take jumper cable and test the starter out of the truck if neccesary. Let me know.

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