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I have an 89 astro van, Would not start so I put a battery charger on it and It started. Took it to a auto parts store and had the battery checked out and the guy said it was bad,so I took it to walmart and got a new battery and hooked it up. Now it does not start at all had the new battery check out and it fine. pulled the starter and had it checked out and its ok too. I got a test light and checked the wire that goes to the solenoid and had a friend turn the ignition key and no power also check fuseable links. Also some one that had the van before me has hard wired the spot where the ignition fuse goes. Any ideas?

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a few problems that it might be.
1. I am guessing you checked for 12 volts at the starter motor end of the thick red cable that runs from the positive terminal of your battery?
2. The solenoid on your starter motor is "engaged" by applying a smaller current of 12 volts from a starter relay which is activated by your ignition key circuit.
3. Is there a good connection between your batteries negative terminal and the car chassis?
4. I guess you did not reverse connect the battery terminals as there would have been some bad consequences already.
For a good explanation of how the starter system works see here:
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