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1995 Buick Century 3.1, 175,000 miles car will not start, the starter relay clicks, the fuel injectors engage, is getting 12 volts to solenoid. Brand new battery, new positive cable lead battery to starter, new starter, any suggestions

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  • Rich50 Aug 05, 2010

    Are the terminals on the battery cables tight? I mean, tight enough that you cannot move them with force. If not, that could cause your problem. Also, even though it's a new battery, have it load tested to make 100% sure it is a "good" battery. New does not always matter.

  • ema2001 Aug 05, 2010

    terminals are tight, battery was put on trickle charge before trying to start car. This has been on ongoing problem in that the starter relay clicks every time you try to crank the car but the starter does not engage. In the past it has been it would eventually start but now the only thing that is happening is the fuel injectors engage and the starter relay clicks.

  • ema2001 Aug 05, 2010

    that the problem is not fuel related as a mechanic had suggested. the battery was load tested before we walked out of the store.



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You need to explain to me what you mean by "fuel injectors engage". Fuel injectors have nothing to do with the starter engaging with the engine and turning it over. You need to take the car to a place that can load test the battery for you. An autoparts store usually can do that for you. Or, if car can not be moved, take the battery out of the car to have it tested. Start there, then we can move on to other possibilities.

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  • Rich50 Aug 05, 2010

    Ok, if battery is good, starter replaced, etc... sounds like you need to look at ignition relay. If the engine does not crank because starter is not engaging, it has to be electrical in the starting system. Nothing else. Check ground cables, double check battery terminals (side post batteries have loose terminals all the time which cause this problem frequently)



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