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My 1992 Oldsmobile 98 will not turn over with the key but starter will spin engine when bypassed. Just stopped starting with the key turning to the start position and not engauging starter. Power from yellow wire on ignition switch when turned to start position. What now?

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    Randy Molnari Jun 07, 2010

    My 1992 Oldsmobile 98 will not turn over with the key but starter will spin engine when bypassed. Just stopped starting with the key turning to the start position and not engauging starter. Power from yellow wire on ignition switch when turned to start position. What now?

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    Randy Molnari Jun 07, 2010

    Helpfull but I already did that.

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    Randy Molnari Jun 07, 2010

    That is what I will have to do tomorrow. I spent all day out at my shop doing gunsmith work since 6am and the several hours at the range. Go home to this problem! I have to teach a SCUBA refresher class tomorrow morning and will get to it asap tomorrow! Thanks!

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Check the neutral safety switch,it is the most likely problem.

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    Randy Molnari Jun 07, 2010

    I can push a prob through the yellow wire that is supposed to carry current from the ignition switch to the Neutral safety switch and it makes the starter engauged and spins the engine that starts and dies. The yellow wire is hot in the start position inside to the firewall but not outside the firewall to the connector of the neutral safety switch. Is there a relay in between? I can not see where one could be and do not have an electrical diagram.

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jun 07, 2010

    Then I would say to replace the yellow wire,there is not a relay,

  • Ronny Bennett Sr.
    Ronny Bennett Sr. Jun 07, 2010

    Check the voltage from the switch to the firewall,if it is not 12 volts,then the ignition switch is bad,At the yellow wire ,at the switch,if you put 12 volts to it,does it turn the starter over,and turn the engine?If so,the ignition switch is bad,if not,the wire is broken between the yellow wire at the firewall,and the neural safety switch.

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[i] This is the problem mainly that occurs in any vehicle...

This problem mainly happens when the battery's period of time is gona get over....


So what to do is just change the battery /.... THere is also another way to resist but the thing is that it wont be working as fine for a long time.

So i prefer battery change...but cost more than the battery repairing ...

Battery repairing means just changing the water in the battery .....

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Why does my starter engage for only a second, then spin freely after that. it was removed and tested at Autozone and passed. The starter stayed engaged during the test when no load was encountered.


Hi Anonymous

What I believe you've said is that you turn the key to start, the engine turns over for a second, then you just hear the starter spinning but no engine turn over. Yes?

Then you took it to Autozone and tested it and it stayed engaged during the test. The differences, possible or real here, are the load on the starter gear end, and the electricity driving it.

There are a couple things happening in the start cycle. The motor starts spinning and the solenoid pushes the spinning gear forward to engage the toothed edge of the flywheel. If the solenoid doesn't push enough, the gear won't engage. So, one thought is that there's an issue with the solenoid - it may push the gear out just fine, but lack power to keep it pressed forward if there is back-force from the engine.

If you have a poor connection to the battery, the solenoid may not draw the current to keep the gear engaged. Checking the hot (red) wire both at the battery and where it attaches to the starter is the primary diagnostic there. Even if the battery has a good charge, the current draw if starting is the heaviest load it encounters in a typical day of driving, so the ability of the battery to dump that charge quickly in a pulse of high current is also important, and non-corroded, tightly connected wires help.

The starter gear also has a clutch in it - akin to the freewheel on the rear of a bike, or a ratchet. This lets the gear spin faster than the starter motor once the engine catches, so that the engine doesn't essentially grab the engaged starter motor and spin it waaay too fast. letting back on the key lets the fast spinning gear disengage without trouble. If there is an issue with that clutch/ratchet, that might also be allowing the gear to spin without it actually pushing - like the clicker in a ratchet sticking so that it'll spin either way.

After that.... there is likely both a relay and a fuse for the starter. Not a bad idea to check that neither is blown, or, in the case of the relay, looking sort of browned and cooked.

Hope this helps!
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I have a 1992 Oldsmobile 98 the car and everything runs fine I stopped my car to get gas and now when I try to turn the key it wont even turn in the ignition how do i make it turn to fire the car up


Try giving the steering wheel a wriggle left and right as you turn the wheel. Sometimes the steering lock pin has to much force on it to move easily.
Other than that the gears on the starter rod may have jumped or warn and will not mesh. That would require the steering wheel to be removed to fix.

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solenoid on your starter is sticking .hit is with a spanner .as someone turns over the engine .if it starts change the starter.

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If you have no power at all when you turn the key on try changing your battery.If you have power and the starter isn't engaging remove your starter and have it tested to see if is bad.Most of your local auto parts stores do this for free.

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all you need is a test light
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connect the test light between the positive lead and the battery terminal
if there is a drain the light will lit
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