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The starter on my 97 gmc jimmy will start most of the time but sometimes when i turn the key over it clicks one time,when turning the key back and forth it might starts or just click , the volts on the dash read 12 what could be the problem ?

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  • chris Sep 09, 2010

    i just got the starter rebuilt 3 weeks ago and it was doing good up in till now

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Your description indicates a dead spot in the starter. When it does this and you keep turning the starter it moves past the dead spot and will start.This may require starter replacement.

Posted on Sep 09, 2010

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    Jonathan S Sep 09, 2010

    Did they replace the starter solenoid?

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Try cleaning and tightening battery terminals.

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