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My 1996 Silverado does not do anything when trying to start. No clicking or anything. Battery ok. Jumpered clutch switch did not help.

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Try hotwiring the solenoid on the starter. Suspect you have a bad solenoid. If hotwire works, problem is in wiring or ignition switch.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

  • raystonwall Aug 27, 2010

    when you say hotwiring, is that the same and two screw drivers crossing and if it kicks over, bad solenoid. showing my ignorance here

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    Jeff Turcotte Aug 27, 2010

    Yes, I mean putting 12 volts straight to the solenoid. There is a hot wire on the starter that you can cross to the solenoid. Make sure you are jumping the positive side of the solenoid--you could melt the terminal if you accidentally cross to the negative terminal. You can also jump the starter itself, but your symptoms indicate solenoid or ignition switch. If the solenoid jumps OK, remove the wire from the positive side of the solenoid and check to see if it's getting voltage when the key is turned to start. This is the wire to trace back to the ignition switch.

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