Question about 1983 GMC K2500

2 Answers

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

Posted by on

  • 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?




2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 119 Answers

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.
Disclaimer: Please be cautious when under any vehicle. Use proper safety equipment if jacking the vehicle, and be aware of any moving parts. We are not responsible for any accidents or injuries sustained while working on your vehicle.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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?

Posted on Apr 25, 2010


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I changed my dist. cap & rotor wireleads and plugs. The truck still wont start what am i missing?

What the mechanic said does not make sence, the first thing you need to do is start from basics. Check the spindle on the distributer moves as you turn the engine over. If it does replace the top and connect the lead to a plug you have removed, then earth it on the motor. (DO NOT HOLD IT OR THE CABLE) . Turn over the engine again, it should spark ( the plug). Then check the timing from scratch. If you want to know in detail how to check the timing, post again.

May 20, 2012 | 1996 GMC Sonoma

4 Answers


without looking at it i can only guess. Sounds like you need a new distributor cap and rotor arm. Hope this helps...

Mar 04, 2011 | 1989 GMC S-15 Jimmy

1 Answer

How to replace distributer cap and rotor button on 96 Acura TL ?

Locate the distributer cap. Mark all your spark plug wires with some tape and number system so they go back in the same position (on the new cap). Remove the spark plug wires from the old cap (after marking them) and lay them to the side. Remove the 2 Torx or Phillips screws from the cap. Lift the cap up and off. The rotor will be directly under the cap. Lift it up and off. This may take a little rocking motion while pulling on it to get it off. Align the new rotor on the shaft and push it on firmly. Place the new cap on and install the 2 screws removed earlier. Install the plug wires on the cap in the order they come off. Ensure the wires are pushed in firmly.

Jan 30, 2011 | 1996 Acura TL Series

1 Answer

I am asuming this means I have tdc on exhaust stroke now and need to pull dist again and spin roter shaft 180 degrees?

the best way to set the distributer, is to have engine at top dead center. then replace distributer with rotor button pointing to #1 plug wire on cap. have a good day!!

Oct 21, 2010 | 1996 Dodge Dakota

1 Answer

I have a 1996 GMC Jimmy with a 4.3L. The car is hard to start after it sits for the day. I found an oxidized distributer. I sanded the posts and it ran fine for about a month. I then replaced the...

moisture in your cap causes oxidation. You should check to make sure the seal for you distributor between the distributor and the cap is still good. Also a faulty ignition system such as a problematic coil or high resistance in your ignition wires can lead to ignition related problems. Doing a partial tune doesn't always work. Do the wires, plugs, cap, rotor, fuel filter, air filter, PVC valve and depending on the mileage the ignition coil.

Apr 07, 2010 | 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche

1 Answer

I am having problems timing my 86 ford econoline 150. I turned the dist. to change the module and now can't find my mark. Help please!

Remove the number one spark plug, bring engine to top dead center on the number one cylinder, now check to see if the rotor(under the distributer cap) is pointing close to #1 plug wire, If it is turn Distrubtor to line up rotor and number one plug wire on distributor cap, if it is off 180 degrees roll engine over to piston reachestop dead center again and go from there, this should let you get it running, then you will have to fine tune it with a timing light.

Jul 22, 2009 | Ford E-150 Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

98 5.7L chevrolet

Engines don't jump time when they are not running.

Rotor will point to number 1 plug wire with every other rotation of the crank.

Get an auto repair manual to confirm you have plug wires in right order on distributor cap.

Also suggest finding Factory Service Manuals at library to get troubleshooting charts and diagnostics.

Feb 01, 2009 | 1998 Chevrolet C1500

Not finding what you are looking for?
Cars & Trucks Logo

2,068 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top GMC Experts


Level 3 Expert

77499 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Ronny Bennett Sr.
Ronny Bennett Sr.

Level 3 Expert

6927 Answers

Are you a GMC Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides