Question about 1986 Chevrolet Caprice
How old is the battery? It can have the proper voltage but not enough amperage to spin the starter motor over.
Turn off ALL of your accessories and try to jump start the car. Look for loose or corroded wiring. Tighten loose connections and make sure you have a good ground on the negative battery terminal (goes to the engine block). If you painted the engine or there is a leak that drips down to this connection, it can be enough to keep the current from making it to the starter.
The starter is located on the passenger's side of the engine, towards the rear of the engine block just in front of the bell housing on the transmission. You will have to crawl under the car to see it. Might be loose wire on the starter too. If you have done ANY recent work, retrace your steps to confirm you did not forget to tighten up a bolt / nut.
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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You know the 97 to 04 Malibu is noted for intake manifold leaking antifreeze into the engine. A little antifreeze in a cylinder can keep the piston from moving in compression stroke. Take a look at the spark plugs, see if any of them have antifreeze on them and maybe the starter will spin the crank with the plugs out.
Posted on Sep 13, 2010
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