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Truck won't even turn over now

I just changed the plugs , wires , cap , rotor, new distributer, and had my truck running again the other day, and wanted to make some final adjustments the next day. So when I was all excited to start it up it did nothing! Kind of like a dead battery, but the charger and my tester showed it was good to go. I've looked at alot of maybe problems, but i've just run out of ideas. Got any new ones for me that I haven't thought of?

Please HELP ME Doug

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  • Doug Sand Jun 12, 2008

    Hey ! Thank You for that input !! It pretty much confirms what I suspected. I am not an auto mechanic by any means, but I do hold my own when it comes to fixing my own vehicles. I may not get it right the first time all the time, but I will get it done sooner or later.

    Again , thank you so much for taking the time to read and evaluate my situation ! I'll get back to you this week end when I get some time to check into it and let you know. OKAY?



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You possibly have a bad starter. To check for this, it's best to have an assistant turn the key while you perform a simple test. Locate the starter (should be on the passenger side). On the solenoid switch, there will be two sets of wires connected to it. The large battery cable will be connected to a stud with a 13mm nut on it. There might be a couple of other wires connected to this same post. Now there should be a smaller single wire connected to a smaller post an the solenoid. This is the wire coming from the ignition switch. Using a test light, have the assistant turn the key to the START position. You should have power on this wire at this point. If you do, then the starter is bad and will need to be replaced. If there is no power in the START position, then possible problems are the NEUTRAL SAFETY SWITCH, the IGNITION SWITCH, or a bad connection between the ignition switch and the starter.
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I have 98 chevy exteded cab, it won'y start. The battery is good and there is power in the truck. When i turn the key i can hear a click once and thats it. Could it be the solenoid and how do i check to be able to tell?

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