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Starter --- I found it, replaced it hooked the three terminals back on. When I started the car, got nothing and battery started to smoke. Did I reverse the polartity?

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Sounds like it. scrap that battery,and be thankful it didnt explode. reverse the starter wiring,and trywith a new or borrowed battery.
keep me updated.

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Put in a new battery last November and now you go to start it it just clicks


Check the battery terminals,and battery posts, they may need to be cleaned. Your local parts store sells a battery post and terminal cleaner brush. When disconnecting the battery besure not to cause any sparks and if you smoke put it out before starting any battery maintence. Take the negative terminal off first, clean but dont put it back on yet. take the positive terminal of and clean both the terminal and the battery post.. Have someone with a volt meter check the voltage in the battery, if it measures 12volts, if available, then install the positive terminal first, then the negative post last taking care not to create any sparks. Once that is done try to start the car. If it starts, you have fixed it. If not, then you will have to move on to the starter solenoid.on the left inner fender, the other end of the positive batery terminal cable hooks to it. Again take the negative battery terminal off and replace the solenoid. Pay close attention where the wires came off of. Once you have replaces the solenoid, hook the negative terminal back on to the battery. This should take care of the problem, If not then you have to take the starter off and take it to you local parts store and have it tested they will tell you if it is bad. That is the last thing in the starting circuit that will cause the clicking noise. I hope this information help you to sovle you problem.

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At the battery when you hook the terminals to it it starts smoking like its grounding itself out


Direct short recheck the wires at the starter to make sure you didn't pinch one and ground it out against the block

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1997 gmc jimmy starter motor not turning


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My 1997 GMC Jimmy will not start, when I turn the key nothing happins. I put new battery in it and my power locks worked and windows, lights, then I turn the key and nothing everything dies???????


Did this happen after you put the new battery in?
I have run into where people just put a new Pep Boys or Kragen or whomever battery in and had issues afterwards. Soemtimes the terminals don't tighten. The bolt will be as tight as you can get it without stripping and the terminal can still be moved. The battery terminal hole may be too shallow not alloing the bolt to go deep enough.
Things will work until you try to start, The starter will draw a lot of juice and cause the loose terminal to arc and lose connection.

Now if this was happening before you replaced the battery then it may be the starter orits circuit. Hook a test light to the starters small "S" terminal and try to start. If the ight comes on its a bad starter. If no light then you need to trace that back. Manual transmission should have a safety switch on the clutch pedal. Automatic will have a neutral safety switch on the transmission (right side where the gear selector hooks to).

But that sudden loss of power makes me thing there is a loose connection arcing. If not at the battery then check the under hood fuse and relay panel.

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The starter was tested and came back good. When I jump the starter the van will start and stay running, when I shut it off it will start two or three times and then nothing


So that means that the battery is not recharging. Look into what charges the battery and keeps it charged?

Alternator? Regulator? Problems with the battery terminals themselves? Are they coroded? What about the terminals that connect the cable to the battery, do they need to be replaced? Are they coroded? Is the battery the type that needs water? Does it need to be filled?

Is there something else that could be causing a strain on the battery?

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Replaced the battery and the starter but the truck wont start.when u turn the key to start it nothing happens


The problem could be in the key switch, In the starter relay switch, solenoid, fuse pannel, or a fusable link. Good luck.

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Try routing a jumper cable to the starter terminal where the battery cable goes to & then hook it to your positive bayyery connection. Then try to start it. If nothing happens you have a bad ground connection

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Replaced starter when battery was connected it started sparking and smoking.


Sounds like he may have pinched a wire or hooked it up backwards or has the power wire touching the starter housing.

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i had the same problem change battery terminals and cables that lead to engine and starter seemed to fix my problem give it a try.

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