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Car won't crank

I turn the key and there's nothing...doesn't even crank. there's power..battery's good. I used a jumper from (the battery to starter cable) to (the starter to ingnition wire) and it almost started.

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    good battery,good starter,no crank

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    will turn over but will not crank. Tried new battery and starter, new ignition switch still nothing

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Car was running and I turned it back on a few minutes later and nothing.

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Have same problem with my 1991 Park Avenue. Generally happens after engine is hot.

Posted on Jul 02, 2008

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Hi,

Initially, it might be the starting solenoid or ignition switch.

A backgrounder on the starter system. The starter system is initiated at the ignition switch when the key is turned to start. At this point, the ignition switch then provides +12VDC to a starter relay (if the vehicle has got one) but more often straight to the starting solenoid. The relay is but a remote switch with slightly higher amperage capacity. The starter relay then engages and supplies +12VDC to the staring solenoid. The starting solenoid then performs two (2) functions. It provides the switching action (hundreds amps) from the battery heavy cable to the actual starter motor. The solenoid likewise pushes a small pinion gear along the shaft of the starter motor to engage the ring gear. The ring gear is of course on the edge of the flywheel which in turn is attached to the crankshaft.

Starter system problems could be corrected by:
1. check battery, battery cables and connections;
2. charge the battery if required;
3. clean brushes and guides of brush holders of the starter motor;
4. clean the commutator and commutator segments;
5. check/replace the armature or field coils if determined to be defective;
6. in some extreme cases it could be the drive pinion or the flywheel gear ring is defective.
7. often it is the big switch that the solenoid activates that looses contacts causing no +12V internally to the motor.
8. Most likely would be a defective starter relay or the IGN switch itself. Relative to this, you might try and check the connectors/terminals and electrical joints.

In the picture below, the upper portion is the starter solenoid while the one below it is the actual starter.
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Given the amount of work to overhaul a starter, you might consider just replacing it.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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if the battery is good.
and charged.
then the solenoid jumped will crank engine,(not start if you keep keys in pocket)
if that hot wire test fails and the battery and its lugs not green.
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try using a fresh known good battery first.
or jumper cable (AAA style) jump start it off a running donor car.
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IS tthis a DIY question? or just want guessing? ill pretend DIY/.
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cranking uses 100 amps of current,
the HL , maybe 10amps, 10x less.
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